Palestinians celebrated Eid on Thursday (May 13) amid increased tension and cross-border conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.
Israel prepared ground troops along the Gaza border on Thursday as Hamas launched rocket barrages at Israel as international calls mounted for an end to the region’s fiercest hostilities in years.
One rocket fired from the Palestinian enclave crashed into a building near Israel’s commercial capital of Tel Aviv, injuring five Israelis, police said.
Sirens blared in cities across southern Israel, sending thousands running for shelters.
In renewed air strikes on Thursday, Israel destroyed a six-story residential building in the heart of Gaza City. One man was killed by an Israeli missile fired east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza, medics said.
A wave of violence between Jewish Israelis and the country’s Arab minority also spread in several Israeli cities, with attacks on synagogues and Arab-Jewish fighting in the streets.
At least 72 people have been killed in Gaza since violence escalated on Monday (May 10), medics said, further straining hospitals already under heavy pressure during the COVID-19 pandemic. Seven people have been killed in Israel, its military said.
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