Deaths mount as Israel-Gaza violence worsens

Deaths mount as Israel-Gaza violence worsens
Palestinians assess the damage in Gaza after a night of air strikes by Israeli forces. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: Violence in Israel and Gaza shows no sign of abating amid continued air strikes and rocket fire, and civil unrest among Jewish and Israeli Arab mobs.

Death toll continue to mount, with at least 83 people now killed in Gaza and 7 in Israel. A BBC reporter in Gaza described the situation as “longest and most difficult night since the 2014 war”.

Authorities in Israel said it had been targeted with 1,600 rockets. The country is now mulling a possible ground operation in Gaza. Israel has sent reinforcements to the Gaza border.The current situation is now the worst violence since 2014, fuelled initially by weeks of Israeli-Palestinian tension in East Jerusalem which led to clashes at a holy site revered by both Jews and Muslims.

This spiralled into an incessant exchange of Israeli airstrikes and Palestinian rocket fire.

The fear among civilians on both Israel and Palestine is taking its toll. On Wednesday, Najwa Sheikh-Ahmada, a Gaza mother, said: “You cannot sleep… In any moment your home might be your grave.”

She told the BBC’s Today programme: “You cannot be secure. As a mother it’s very terrifying, it’s very exhausting for my feelings, for my humanity.”

An apartment block was destroyed in the Israeli city of Petah Tikva shortly after residents had gone to their bomb shelters.

One resident told the news website Ynet: “We heard an alarm and suddenly there was a bang. Smoke entered the shelter, and the neighbour next to me who was sitting on a chair flew back.”

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