Israeli troops mass at Gaza border amid rocket fire

Tensions between Israelis and Palestinians have escalated further as Palestinian militants in Gaza fired hundreds of rockets into Israel which responded with ramped up airstrikes on the coastal enclave as unrest spread to cities and towns beyond Jerusal

Tensions between Israelis and Palestinians have escalated further as Palestinian militants in Gaza fired hundreds of rockets into Israel which responded with ramped up airstrikes on the coastal enclave as unrest spread to cities and towns beyond Jerusal

"After a year and a half fighting COVID-19 in Gaza with the assistance of the global community and the efforts led by Israel to promote and coordinate the assistance, Hamas is choosing to escalate the situation in the Gaza Strip, and instead of focusing on welfare and economy - it's focusing on violence and incitement", said Goren.

Violence also spread to mixed communities of Jews and Arabs in Israel, a new front in the long conflict.

United States and Egyptian mediators are heading to Israel to begin de-escalation talks, but the antagonists face critical political decisions before they will agree to begin discussions on ending the violence.

Anxious the hostilities could spiral out of control, the United States is sending an envoy, Hady Amr. Truce efforts by Egypt, Qatar and the United Nations have so far offered no sign of progress.

The Israeli military says more than 1,600 rockets have been fired since Monday, with 400 falling short and landing inside Gaza.

Beyond such local concerns, Egypt is mindful that it needs to patch fences with Mr. Biden after the departure of President Donald J. Trump, said Daniel Levy, president of the U.S./Middle East Project. Diplomats are again seeking to calm tensions.

Dozens of rockets were fired from Gaza towards the southern Israeli coastal cities of Ashdod and Ashkelon, and in the vicinity of Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport.

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"The victim of the lynching is seriously injured but stable", Tel Aviv's Ichilov hospital said in a statement, without revealing his identity.

"We have to have the courage to name our contributions and sometimes I can't help but wonder if the reason we don't do that, if we're scared to stand up to the incarceration of children in Palestine is because maybe it'll force us to confront the incarceration here at our border", Ocasio-Cortez said.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the State Department in Washington, April 5, 2021.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war and annexed the entire city in 1980 - a move that has never been recognised by the worldwide community. "We are in between two enemies".

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"I mean, this particular [statement] is largely propaganda that's really coming on the heels of other charges that they've leveled that have been proven false, but which they still haven't retracted anyway", he said.

Demonstrators on Tuesday also rallied to denounce the ongoing crackdown at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City, as well as Israeli plans to forcefully expel Palestinians from their homes in occupied East Jerusalem.

A number of foreign airlines have canceled flights to Israel because of the unrest.

Lib Dem Layla Moran read the names of children killed in Israeli air raids and called on the government to recognise the state of Palestine.

He said between 80 and 90 militants had been killed in Israeli attacks.

Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since the Islamic militant group seized power in Gaza from the Palestinian Authority.

Israeli military affairs correspondents, have said however that a major ground incursion is unlikely, citing high casualties among the risks. "We have prepared for your kinds of deaths that would make you curse yourselves", he said.

The fighting broke out late Monday when Hamas, claiming to be the defender of Jerusalem, fired a barrage of long-range rockets toward the city in response to what it said were Israeli provocations.

Israeli far-right groups have clashed with security forces and Arab Israelis, with television footage Wednesday airing footage of a far-right mob beating a man they considered an Arab in Bat Yam, near Tel Aviv, leaving him with serious injuries.

In the northern city of Acre, a Jewish man aged around 30 suffered a head injury on Wednesday after being pelted with rocks by Palestinian protesters, while Jewish protesters marched in the city, chanting "Death to Arabs".

Leaders from across the globe have urged both Israel and the Palestinians to retreat from further violence, after several days of unrest Israel's capital, Jerusalem.

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