Hamas rocket barrage kills two Israelis.
Israel unleashed new air strikes on Gaza early on Tuesday, hitting a pair of high-rise buildings believed to be housing militants, as Hamas and different armed teams bombarded southern Israel with a whole bunch of rockets. The escalation was sparked by weeks of tensions in contested Jerusalem.
Since sunset on Monday, 26 Palestinians — together with 9 youngsters and a lady — have been killed in Gaza, most by air strikes, Gaza well being officers stated. The Israeli navy stated at the very least 16 of the lifeless have been militants. Throughout the identical interval, Gaza militants fired a whole bunch of rockets towards Israel, killing two Israeli civilians and wounding 10 others.
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In an extra signal of rising tensions, Israel signalled it’s widening its navy marketing campaign. The navy stated it’s sending troop reinforcements to the Gaza border and the Defence Minister ordered the mobilisation of 5,000 reserve troopers.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated “it was determined that each the would possibly of the assaults and the frequency of the assaults might be elevated”.
However, in a doubtlessly constructive signal, Egyptian and Palestinian officers stated Egypt was engaged on brokering a cease-fire.
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The barrage of rockets and air strikes was preceded by hours of clashes between Palestinians and Israeli safety forces, together with dramatic confrontations at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, a sacred website to each Jews and Muslims.