Israeli planes renewed airstrikes in Gaza early on Saturday. Hamas fighters responded by firing rockets into Israel as their battle entered the fifth night. Meanwhile, the US and Arab diplomats sought an end to the violence.
Palestinian medics said at least 12 people were martyred overnight in airstrikes throughout Gaza. Health officials said a woman and her three children were among the dead. Israeli planes hit their house in a refugee camp.
The Israeli military said it carried out strikes on a Hamas military intelligence facility and rocket launching sites in Gaza.
The Palestinian religious affairs ministry said Israeli planes destroyed a mosque. A military spokesperson said the army was checking the report.
Across the border, sirens sounded throughout much of southern Israel, sending residents running for shelter. Israeli rockets struck building in the cities of Beersheba and Ashdod buildings. There were no immediate reports of injuries.
Israeli terrorism in Gaza
With no sign of an end to the fighting, casualties spread further afield. Palestinians reporting on Friday 11 martyred in the occupied West Bank amid clashes between protesters and Israeli security forces.
At least 132 people have been martyred in Gaza since Monday. It includes 32 children and 21 women, and 950 others wounded, Palestinian medical officials said.
Among the eight dead in Israel were a soldier patrolling the border and six civilians, including two children, Israeli authorities claimed.
The UN Security Council is holding a session on Sunday to discuss the situation. Meanwhile, Biden administration envoy Hady Amr, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Israel and Palestinian Affairs, flew in on Friday.
The US Embassy in Israel said the aim was “to reinforce the need to work toward a sustainable calm.”
Israel launched day-long attacks on Friday and killed several Palestinians. It claimed to destroy several kilometers of tunnels, launch sites, and weapons manufacturing warehouses
People have adjusted to sirens wailing, radio and TV broadcast interruptions, and the beeps of cellphones bearing red alerts that send them rushing for cover.
Moreover, cross-border hostilities between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza have been accompanied by violence in communities of Jews and Arabs. Synagogues have been attacked and street fights have broken out. Israel’s president has warned of civil war.
Meanwhile, the world watches silently Israeli terrorism in Gaza, and heartless Israelis celebrate. Prime Minister Imran Khan has told the world that Pakistan stands with Palestine, come what may!
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