S. Korea expresses concerns over Israel-Palestine conflict

S. Korea expresses concerns over Israel-Palestine conflict

S. Korea expresses concerns over Israel-Palestine conflict

Israeli security forces have also been scrambled to contain deadly riots between Jews and Arabs, and projectiles have been fired on Israel from Lebanon.

Over 100 people have died in airstrikes on Gaza as tensions between Israel and Palestine escalated even as Egyptian negotiators held in-person mediation talks with the two sides to diffuse the violence.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told reporters such a meeting would be better next week to allow time for diplomacy in hopes of achieving a de-escalation.

"There are now no IDF ground troops inside the Gaza Strip", the statement read.

Balls of flames rose high into the sky after strikes smashed into densely packed Gaza.

As was the case during Israel's last three major assaults on Gaza, Palestinians are suffering exponentially more deaths than Israelis.

Israeli artillery fires into the Gaza Strip.

Gov. Ron DeSantis is standing by Israel in the latest open conflict between the USA ally and Hamas, calling Hamas' actions an "absolute disgrace". Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Wednesday ordered border guards deployed to help police keep order.

Hamas military spokesman Abu Obeida said the group was not afraid of a ground invasion, which would be a chance "to increase our catch" of dead or captive soldiers.

Gaza's health ministry has said that a total of 103 people, including 27 children, have been killed since the Israeli airstrikes began from Monday.

Heavy bombardments have brought down entire tower blocks.

A Muslim attending the demonstration in support of Palestinians in Gaza on Wednesday in Podgorica Montenegro
A Muslim attending the demonstration in support of Palestinians in Gaza on Wednesday in Podgorica Montenegro

Days of tense clashes that have spiraled into aerial conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants have killed more than 50 people and injured almost 500.

Hundreds of rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome air defence system. The rockets that were fired towards northern Israel came from the vicinity of the Rashidieh refugee camp, Al Jazeera reported.

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

More clashes are expected on Friday, when thousands of Muslims are expected to make their way to Jerusalem's al-Aqsa Mosque.

Violence has also broken out in mixed Arab-Jewish cities across Israel, with members of Israel's 21 per cent Arab minority angry over the Jerusalem evictions and Gaza violence.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said inter-communal violence in multiple towns was at a level not seen for decades, and that police were "literally preventing pogroms".

"I said we would extract a very heavy price from Hamas", Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a videotaped statement earlier today. Air raid warnings and explosions could be heard across Tel Aviv and other Israeli cities. On Wednesday, a Jew and an Arab were savagely beaten, and a second Jewish man was stabbed.

Mr Gantz, appearing alongside him despite their political rivalry - both are now trying to muster majority support to head a government in Israel's deadlocked Knesset - said: "There are lots of targets lined up".

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

Amid the rocket fire, Israel's civil aviation authority said it had diverted all incoming passenger flights headed for Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport to Ramon airport in the south. Rocket alarms went off across southern Israel in the cities of Ashdod and Beersheba early Friday, with Hamas saying it shot off 50 rockets toward the area, the Times of Israel newspaper reported.

Israeli media said the rocket missed its target, but a number of global airlines cancelled flights amid the aerial onslaught.

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