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(CNN) – Israel bombed a house in Gaza where a family had gathered to celebrate the end of Ramadan, as well as offices that housed some international media. At the same time, a new barrage of Hamas missiles fell on Tel Aviv this Saturday. Given what happened, fears grow that a reduction in the conflict is not close.
The Al ala’a building, which was hit during an Israeli airstrike on Saturday afternoon (local time), contained offices for the Al Jazeera and Associated Press media, among other media outlets, marking a latest escalation of violence that has swept through Israel and the Palestinian territories this week, the bloodiest conflict in recent years.
Israel launched more airstrikes in Gaza overnight, and Hamas responded with missiles on Saturday. In less than a week, Israeli airstrikes have killed more than 130 people and at least 1,000 others were injured in Gaza alone, the Palestinian Health Ministry said in Gaza, while riots and violence between Arabs and Jews have damaged cities and towns. In Israel.
Hamas fired dozens of missiles toward Tel Aviv on Saturday, and the Al-Qassam Brigades, the militant wing of Hamas, said in a statement that it was in direct retaliation for Israeli airstrikes on a Gaza refugee camp. A 50-year-old man died Saturday afternoon after a rocket hit a series of buildings in a residential area of a Tel Aviv suburb called Ramat Gan, raising Israel’s death toll to 10, according to the emergency service. From Israel.
Early Saturday morning, the baby was the only survivor of a home that was hit and destroyed by an Israeli airstrike on al-Shati refugee camp, killing 10 members of the baby’s family, including eight children, according to the Palestine News Agency WAFA. At least 20 other Palestinians were injured after several nearby houses were damaged during the Israeli airstrike, he added.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said its forces attacked several positions in Gaza on Friday night, including a military intelligence site. “Hamas is paying the price for its terrorism,” they said in a Twitter post on Saturday.
On Saturday, militants in Gaza responded to airstrikes on the refugee camp with rockets targeting the Israeli cities of Beersheba, Ashdod and Sderot. The IDF posted a video on Twitter of a fire in Ashdod, warning that the move “will not go unanswered.”
On the attack on the Al Jala’a building, the Israeli Air Force said on Saturday that fighter jets attacked a building that housed Hamas military intelligence assets and used the media as “shields.”
However, the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza has accused the IDF of “directly targeting overcrowded civilian areas” and of failing to take precautionary measures to save civilian lives.
By Saturday, at least 139 people had died in Gaza, including at least 39 children, the Palestinian Health Ministry reported, while the number of Palestinians injured in Gaza rose to at least 1,000 people. 254 of the injured are children who have suffered injuries as a result of Israeli airstrikes, they reported on Friday.
Ashraf al-Qudra, spokesman for the Gaza Ministry of Health, urged “the international community on the need to stop the Israeli aggression in the Gaza Strip,” adding that “we monitor these violations against Palestinian families, and this is a flagrant violation.
The government of US President Joe Biden, which said it was focused on de-escalation and working with allies in the region to that end, sent US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Israel and Palestinian Affairs, Hady, on Friday. Amr, to Israel. The US embassy in Jerusalem said in a Twitter post that Amr’s trip “would reinforce the need to work towards a sustainable calm, recognizing Israel’s right to self-defense. Israelis and Palestinians deserve equal measures of freedom, security, dignity and prosperity.
However, so far the international diplomacy effort appears to have stalled. On Sunday morning there will be a meeting of the UN Security Council on this situation of violence. The United States blocked previous efforts by the Security Council to meet, preferring direct diplomacy over the conflict rather than discussion in an international forum.
An Israeli military official said on Friday that Israel is prepared to continue hitting “important targets” for a “prolonged period of time.” About 2,300 rockets have been fired from Gaza into Israel, of which roughly 380 missed launches have landed in Gaza, the IDF said on Saturday, adding that its Iron Dome air defense system has intercepted roughly 1,000. rockets.
Following the attack on the Al Jala’a building on Saturday, the spokesman for the Al-Qassam Brigades said: “After the attack on the civil tower in Gaza, the residents of Tel Aviv and central Israel must be prepared for our great response. ».
And that violence has spread to the occupied West Bank, where on Friday, at least 10 Palestinians were killed by Israeli armed forces during violent clashes in towns and cities across the territory, according to the Gaza-based Palestinian Ministry of Health.
Violence in the West Bank has seen the highest number of people killed in a single day in years. The Palestinian Red Crescent said that Palestinians in the West Bank had been targeted with live ammunition, rubber bullets and tear gas. According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, most of the wounded on Friday were “shot with live ammunition”, saying that more than 500 Palestinians have been injured since the clashes broke out earlier this week.
A spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said in a statement that live ammunition was used after “crowd dispersal means” (referring to tear gas and rubber-coated bullets) failed to stop the unrest.
The recent conflict began earlier in the week, fueled by controversy over planned evictions of Palestinian families in East Jerusalem and restrictions on a popular meeting point near the Old City. Since then, it has quickly turned into one of the worst rounds of violence the area has seen since the 2014 Gaza War, in which more than 2,200 Gazans were killed during the fighting, about half of them civilians. including more than 550 children, according to a United Nations report.
Riots and violent clashes between Arab and Jewish citizens spread through several Israeli cities during the week, including Lod, Bat Yam and Acre, prompting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to warn against “lynching” any of the communities. .
Accentuating the escalation of the conflict is the fear that the violence will spread beyond the borders under Israeli control, as Palestinians in the region will commemorate the Nakba, or “catastrophe” this Saturday. The annual commemoration marks the day that more than 700,000 Palestinians were expelled or left their homes during the Arab-Israeli war of 1948-1949.
In Lebanon, this Saturday’s demonstrations by the Nakba, on the southern border with Israel, were not immune to the tension after young people protesting in solidarity with the Palestinians attacked the border wall before the demonstration began. The Lebanese army urged the protesters to return, warning that they were “going to shoot.” The events took place a day after a Lebanese man died from shrapnel wounds he received from IDF rockets fired at people protesting in solidarity with the Palestinians on the same border, according to the Lebanese national news agency, NNA. The Israel Defense Forces said in a statement Friday that tanks fired at protesters who crossed into Israeli territory, sabotaging the border fence and setting fires.
And in recent days in Jordan, protesters have also marched against Israeli attacks on Gaza, with people protesting at the Jordan-Israel border for the second day in a row in solidarity with the Palestinians. This Saturday, the protesters asked the Jordanian monarch to open the borders so they can go “to fight with their brothers.”
CNN’s Kara Fox, Richard Roth, Tamara Qiblawi, and Celine Alkhaldi contributed to this report.