In news from Gaza despite diplomatic efforts from around the world to ease five days of fighting between Israel and Palestinians in Gaza, Israel’s air force still continuous struck several sites in the strip overnight, while rockets again tore towards the Jewish state.
Overall Palestinian deaths from strikes on Gaza have reached 126 — including 31 children — with 950 injured.
Israel, which is also trying to contain an outbreak of internal Jewish-Arab violence, is facing a conflict in the Palestinian territories unlike any in its recent history.
Its bombardment of Gaza began Monday in response to rocket fire towards Jerusalem from Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups in the enclave.
More than 2,000 rockets have been fired at the Jewish state since Monday, killing nine people, including a child and a soldier, with more than 560 people injured.
Israel’s response has seen it hit nearly 800 targets, including a massive assault Friday on a Hamas tunnel network dug under civilian areas.
Towers and homes were levelled, forcing Gaza families to seek shelter in schools and mosques, ahead of another possible bombardment.
“All the children are afraid and we are afraid for the children,” said Kamal al-Haddad, who fled with his family to a UN-supported school in Gaza City.
Early Saturday, the Israeli army said it had hit a Hamas “operation office” near the centre of Gaza City, with additional overnight strikes targeting what the military called “underground launch sites”.
Air raid warnings continued to wail in southern Israel early Saturday.
The fighting in blockaded Gaza, the worst since a 2014 war, exploded following hostilities in east Jerusalem, the Israeli-annexed part of the city Palestinians claim as their capital.
Fresh overnight tensions hit the east Jerusalem area of Shuafat, where young, masked Palestinian protesters set debris on fire as Israeli police responded with tear gas.
In some other news in the north, Israel remains technically at war with neighbouring Lebanon and Syria where tensions were also rising.
The army said it “fired warning shots towards a number of rioters who crossed from Lebanon into Israeli territory” on Friday, forcing them back into Lebanon.
Israel’s arch-enemy, the pro-Iranian group Hezbollah, announced one of its members, 21-year-old Mohamad Kassem Tahan, was killed by the Israeli shots.
Three rockets were later launched at Israel from southern Syria, where Hezbollah is present, but there was no immediate confirmation of a link between the events.
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