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Bombardmen­t of Gaza continues in response to barrage of rockets

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Israel bombarded Gaza with artillery and air strikes yesterday in response to a new barrage of rocket fire from the Hamas-run enclave, in an intensific­ation of the deadly conflict

I Israel bombarded Gaza with artillery and air strikes yesterday following a new barrage of rocket fire from the Hamas-run enclave, intensifyi­ng a conflict that has now claimed 127 lives.

The Israeli army said its overnight operation involved fighter jets and tanks hitting a Hamas tunnel network dug under civilian areas.

It said it "wasn't feasible this time" to forewarn civilians as it did ahead of strikes on Gaza tower blocks earlier this week.

The bombardmen­t saw huge fireballs turn the night sky orange as explosions rocked the ground.

Several homes in densely populated Gaza were destroyed or heavily damaged, AFP correspond­ents reported while rockets tore through the skies towards Israel.

Muhammad Najib, a 16-year-old resident of Gaza City's Rimal neighbourh­ood, compared the bombing to a video game. "It's like a horror film," he said.

The most intense fighting since 2014 between Israel and Palestinia­n militants in Gaza has also seen Israeli soldiers massing on the edge of the blockaded territory.

Army spokesman Jonathan Conricus yesterday took responsibi­lity for an erroneous overnight report that ground forces had entered Gaza, but confirmed ground troops had taken part in an operation carried out from Israeli territory targeting tunnels dug under the border.

"There are no... ground troops inside Gaza at the moment," he said.

The conflict has killed 119 Palestinia­ns, including 31 children, and wounded more than 830, Gaza's health minister said.

An Israeli woman in her 80s died overnight from injuries sustained while seeking shelter from rocket fire, bringing the toll on the Israeli side to eight dead, including a sixyear-old boy and a soldier.

Israeli security forces have also been scrambling to contain deadly riots between Jews and Arabs, and rockets have been fired from Lebanon.

The United Nations said the Security Council would meet tomorrow to address the conflict as Secretary General Antonio Guterres called for a "cessation of hostilitie­s".

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Washington was "deeply concerned about the violence in the streets of Israel", and the State Department urged citizens to "reconsider travel to Israel".

Several internatio­nal airlines – including KLM, British Airways, Virgin, Lufthansa and Iberia – cancelled flights amid the aerial onslaught.

Since Monday, Palestinia­n militant groups have fired more than 1,800 rockets towards Israel, mostly towards southern cities, but also at Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

Hundreds have been intercepte­d by the

Iron Dome defence system.

Israel has hit roughly 750 sites it described as military targets such as Hamas bomb-making facilities and the homes of senior militant commanders.

It estimates that more than 30 leaders of Hamas and its ally Islamic Jihad have been killed.

Three tower blocks in Gaza have been levelled.

The heavy bombardmen­ts coincided with the start of Eid al-fitr, which marks the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, and saw the faithful pray at mosques and amid the rubble of Gaza's collapsed buildings.

Three rockets were also fired from southern Lebanon towards Israel, landing in the Mediterran­ean Sea, the Israeli army said.

A source close to Israel's arch-enemy Hezbollah said the Lebanese Shiite group had no link to the incident.

With the conflict showing no signs of easing, Israel has been rocked by an unpreceden­ted wave of mob violence, in which both Arabs and Jews have been savagely beaten and police stations attacked.

Defence Minister Benny Gantz ordered a "massive reinforcem­ent" to suppress the internal unrest.

The disturbanc­es, in which riot police had repeatedly clashed with Palestinia­ns, has been driven by anger over the looming evictions of Palestinia­n families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourh­ood of east Jerusalem.

 ?? XINHUA/VNA Photo ?? People transfer an injured child after Israeli airstrikes in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip, on Thursday.
XINHUA/VNA Photo People transfer an injured child after Israeli airstrikes in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip, on Thursday.

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