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World Death toll surges on second day of Israel-Gaza violence

01:16  14 november  2019
01:16  14 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Cross-border violence between Israel and militants in Gaza is continuing, a day after an Israeli air strike killed a Palestinian Islamic Jihad commander. Gaza 's health ministry said 12 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire on Wednesday, bringing the death toll there to 22 since Tuesday.

By Maayan Lubell and Nidal al-Mughrabi JERUSALEM/ GAZA (Reuters) – Israeli air strikes killed 13 Palestinians in Gaza on Wednesday, medical officials said Israeli soldiers stand atop an armoured personnel carrier in a staging area near the border with Gaza , in southern Israel November 13, 2019.

a bird flying over a body of water with smoke coming out of it: Smoke rises over Gaza City as Israel carries out a second day of air and missile strikes in response to barrages of rocket fire following its targeted killing of a top militant© MAHMUD HAMS Smoke rises over Gaza City as Israel carries out a second day of air and missile strikes in response to barrages of rocket fire following its targeted killing of a top militant

Exchanges of fire triggered by Israel's targeted killing of a top militant in Gaza killed 16 Palestinians on Wednesday, with the violence showing little sign of easing.

a construction site: Palestinians gather around the remains of a house destroyed in an Israeli air strike on the city of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip© SAID KHATIB Palestinians gather around the remains of a house destroyed in an Israeli air strike on the city of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip

The total death toll in the coastal enclave rose to 26 since Tuesday, according to Gaza's health ministry.

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Gaza officials said Israeli air strikes and artillery fire killed 27 people, including 14 civilians, since Friday. A rocket that hit a house in Ashkelon on Sunday Islamic Jihad accused Israel of delaying implementation of previous understandings brokered by Egypt in an effort to end violence and ease

The 2014 Israel – Gaza conflict also known as Operation Protective Edge (Hebrew: מִבְצָע צוּק אֵיתָן, Miv'tza Tzuk Eitan, lit. "Operation Strong Cliff") and sometimes referred to as the 2014 Gaza war

New rounds of rockets were fired at Israel, which responded with strikes on what it said were Islamic Jihad militant sites and rocket-launching squads in the Gaza Strip.

On Wednesday afternoon, it said it targeted two Islamic Jihad militants preparing to fire anti-tank missiles.

Air raid sirens wailed and fireballs exploded as air defence missiles intercepted rockets, sending Israelis rushing to bomb shelters.

In Gaza, residents surveyed damage and mourned the dead outside a mortuary and at funerals.

UN envoy Nickolay Mladenov arrived in Cairo on Wednesday afternoon, airport officials said, following reports he was to hold talks on halting the fighting.

a man looking at the camera: Palestinian men mourn outside the mortuary of Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City as the death toll from Israeli strikes tops 20© MAHMUD HAMS Palestinian men mourn outside the mortuary of Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City as the death toll from Israeli strikes tops 20

The UN and Egypt have been instrumental in mediating previous ceasefires between Israel and Gaza-based militants.

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Israeli air and missile strikes killed six Palestinians in Gaza on Wednesday as the violence spiraled, with Palestinians firing hundreds of rockets into Israel Rocket fire from Gaza reached as far north as Tel Aviv, and two people were wounded by debris. No deaths were caused by the Palestinian militant

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he ordered the military to continue "massive strikes" against Gaza 's ruling Hamas group and Islamic Jihad in the most serious border clashes since a spate of fighting in November. Israel 's military said that more than 600 rockets and other.

But a source close to the discussions aimed at mediating a truce warned that the risk of further escalation remained high.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Islamic Jihad must stop its stop rocket attacks or "absorb more and more blows".

He reiterated his warning that "this could take time" and said Israel would respond to attacks "without mercy".

Islamic Jihad spokesman Musab al-Barayem said the group was not interested in mediation for now as it retaliated to the killing of one of its commanders.

Israel killed senior Islamic Jihad commander Baha Abu al-Ata and his wife Asma in a targeted strike early Tuesday, prompting barrages of tit-for-tat rocket fire and air strikes.

a steam engine is on fire: The flare-up, which has caused damage but no deaths in Israel, comes at a politically sensitive time after a September 17 general election ended in deadlock© Ahmad GHARABLI The flare-up, which has caused damage but no deaths in Israel, comes at a politically sensitive time after a September 17 general election ended in deadlock

According to Israel, Ata was responsible for rocket fire at Israel as well as other attacks and was planning more violence, with the military calling him a "ticking bomb."

Scores of rockets rain from Gaza after Israel kills Islamic Jihad chief

  Scores of rockets rain from Gaza after Israel kills Islamic Jihad chief Israel’s military killed a commander of the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad in a strike on his home in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, triggering exchanges of fire and fears of a severe escalation in violence. The targeted strike led to barrages of retaliatory rocket fire into Israel followed by Israeli air raids, and Gaza’s health ministry reported five people killed and 30 wounded in the Palestinian enclave. require(["inlineoutstreamAd", "c.

Rockets and missiles from Gaza killed four civilians in Israel while Israeli strikes killed 19 Palestinians, more than half of them civilians, in surging cross-border Israel also stopped fuel imports into Gaza through the main Kerem Shalom crossing. The latest round of violence began two days ago when an

SDEROT, ISRAEL / GAZA CITY GAZA STRIP – Exchanges of fire triggered by Israel’s targeted killing of a top militant in Gaza raged for a second day Wednesday and showed little sign of easing as the Palestinian death toll shot up to 23. Fresh rocket barrages were fired at Israel

The flare-up raised fears of a new all-out conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza, who have fought three wars since 2008.

A total of 26 Palestinians had been killed by Wednesday evening, including Ata and his wife as well as three children, according to Gaza's Hamas-run health ministry.

Islamic Jihad confirmed the dead included other members of its armed wing, while the health ministry said three children were also among the dead, and that more than 70 people were injured.

- 360 rockets -

Since Israel's killing of Ata in what was believed to be a drone strike, at least 360 rockets have been fired into Israel from Gaza and dozens have been intercepted by air defences, according to the army.

a close up of a map: Map showing Israel and Gaza Strip.© Sophie RAMIS Map showing Israel and Gaza Strip.

There have been no Israeli deaths, though damage has been caused and one rocket narrowly missed cars on a busy highway.

Israeli medics said they had treated 48 people with light wounds, while schools were closed in areas near the Gaza border for a second day running.

Schools in the blockaded Gaza Strip, an enclave of two million people, have been closed since Tuesday.

Scores of rockets rain from Gaza after Israel kills Islamic Jihad chief

  Scores of rockets rain from Gaza after Israel kills Islamic Jihad chief Israel’s military killed a commander of the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad in a strike on his home in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, triggering exchanges of fire and fears of a severe escalation in violence. The targeted strike led to barrages of retaliatory rocket fire into Israel followed by Israeli air raids, and Gaza’s health ministry reported five people killed and 30 wounded in the Palestinian enclave.Israel said it targeted Islamic Jihad militant sites as well as rocket-launching squads in the raids.

At least 19 people have been killed in Israeli strikes on Gaza , while Palestinian fighters fired hundreds of rockets into Israel , as a ferocious cross-border conflict stretched into a second day . A local pro-democracy politician had his ear bitten off during another chaotic day of political unrest in the city.

Two days of Israeli airstrikes against Palestinian Islamic Jihad militants have killed 21 people in Gaza , in Following a brief overnight lull, the violence restarted on Wednesday morning as Islamic Jihad The clashes ended a months-long truce brokered by Egypt between Israel and Hamas, Gaza ’s rulers.

Unusually and in a sign it was seeking to avoid a wider conflict, Israel's announced targets were confined to Islamic Jihad sites and not those belonging to Hamas.

It normally holds Hamas, the Islamist movement that rules the Gaza Strip, responsible for all rocket fire from the enclave as the territory's de facto rulers.

Israeli analysts were quick to highlight the change of approach.

"For the first time in the current era, Israel drew a distinction between Hamas and Islamic Jihad," commentator Ben Caspit wrote in Israeli newspaper Maariv.

"By so doing, Israel deviated from its iron-clad principle that Hamas, as the sovereign power in Gaza, has to pay the price for any action taken by anyone in the Gaza Strip. That is now no longer the case."

Ronni Shaked of the Harry Truman Research Institute for Peace in Jerusalem agreed that the move was a first for Israel.

"Now the fight is just against the Islamic Jihad, not against Hamas," he said.

Islamic Jihad is the second most-powerful militant group in the Gaza Strip after Hamas and has taken responsibility for rocket fire.

Hamas, however, said it would not abandon its ally.

"As long as the Israeli warplanes bomb the Gaza Strip, the resistance will respond to the Israeli aggression and defend the Palestinian people," a joint statement from Gaza militant groups said.

The flare-up comes at a politically sensitive time for Israel.

A September 17 general election ended in a deadlock and a new government is yet to be formed.

It was the second election since April, when polls also ended inconclusively.

The violence has drawn international calls for calm.

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Gaza ceasefire under pressure after renewed Israeli air strikes .
Truce between Islamic Jihad and Israel came into effect on Thursday morning after 34 Palestinians were killed in raids."The IDF (Israeli Defence Force) is currently striking Islamic Jihad terror targets in the Gaza strip," the army said in a WhatsApp message to reporters.

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