Israel Masses Troops Along Gaza As Rocket Fire, Air Strikes Escalate

Israel Masses Troops Along Gaza As Rocket Fire, Air Strikes Escalate

Israel Masses Troops Along Gaza As Rocket Fire, Air Strikes Escalate

Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas and other militant groups in the enclave repeatedly warned Israel that the fighting in Jerusalem was a "red line", and vowed to fire rockets if Israeli police did not stop their raids on the Aqsa compound.

Afghanistan cricketer Rashid took to Twitter and said, "As an athlete who plays cricket around the world, I want to see this world out of war".

Palestinian militants have stockpiled enough missiles to continue bombing Israel for the next two months, security experts have warned, as escalating fighting led the United Nations to warn of "all-out war".

The unrest has been driven by anger over the looming evictions of Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of east Jerusalem.

The crisis started last Friday when weeks of tensions boiled over and Israeli riot police clashed with crowds of Palestinians at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque.

President Biden spoke today with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the spiraling violence between Israelis and Palestinians.

"Israel has every right to defend itself against Hamas", DeSantis told reporters Wednesday. Seven people have been killed in Israel, medical officials said.

The fighting has touched off strife within Israel, where some in the Arab minority mounted violent pro-Palestinian protests.

As we have been reporting, the escalation in violence has triggered street violence in Israel between Jews and Israeli Arabs.

In Gaza, two multi-storey residential buildings and a tower housing media outlets, including one linked to Hamas, collapsed after Israel urged occupants to evacuate in advance of its air strikes, and another structure was heavily damaged.

"From time to time you hear loud explosions, and the buildings are shaken", he said.

"All of Israel is under attack".

Seven people have been killed in Israel, its military said. "It's a very scary situation to be in", said Margo Aronovic, a 26-year-old student, in Tel Aviv.

Israel's Magen David Adom ambulance service said a 50-year-old woman was killed when a rocket hit a building in the Tel Aviv suburb of Rishon Lezion, and that two women had been killed in rocket strikes on Ashkelon on Tuesday.

At least two USA airlines cancelled flights from the United States to Tel Aviv on Wednesday and Thursday.

Hamas launched a barrage of rockets at the city late Monday, setting off days of fighting.

Thursday's barrage on Tel Aviv prompted Israel to reroute an El Al flight from Brussels away from Ben Gurion, its intended destination, to Ramon Airport in the south.

The conflict has led to the freezing of talks by Netanyahu's opponents on forming a governing coalition to unseat him after Israel's inconclusive March 23 election.

On Wednesday, Hamas announced the death of its military chief in Gaza City, Bassem Issa, with the Israeli military saying it had killed three other senior figures as well.

And Palestinian Ambassador to the UN Riyad Mansour published a letter to the organization's top officials Wednesday in which he pleaded with them to "act with immediacy to demand that Israel cease its attacks against the Palestinian civilian population, including in the Gaza Strip".

The resolution also "reiterates its demand that Israel completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including east Jerusalem, and that it fully respect all of its legal obligations in this regard".

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