As fighting between Israel and Hamas escalated on Tuesday, at least people were killed, with militant groups firing rockets into Israel as the Israeli military launched airstrikes on Gaza.
The airstrikes killed more than two dozen Palestinians, including women and children, and toppled a one-story building in Gaza. Rockets fired indiscriminately from Gaza have killed at least three people in Israel, where projectiles stretched as far as Tel Aviv.
Seen in viral video Israel’s Iron Dome defense system It blocks the rocket’s barrage while illuminating the night sky.
The latest violence began last week after Israeli police cracked down on protesters protesting the eviction of Palestinians from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem, paving the way for Israeli settlers.
Amnesty International has described the brutal crackdown on protesters by Israeli security forces.
During the holy month of Ramadan, Israeli security officials stormed a mosque, injuring hundreds. Hamas militants fired on Israel in response.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said Hamas has paid and will pay a very heavy price for their aggression, but the United States has called for calm and deterioration.
On Tuesday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who had previously condemned the evictions in East Jerusalem, said he was “deeply concerned” by the “maximum increase” in violence.
A spokesman for the secretary-general said “the Israeli security forces must exercise maximum restraint and continue to use force.”