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Missile exchange, casualties, threats. What causes violence between Israel and Palestine?

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Source : 112 Ukraine

A new phase of escalation of the conflict began between Israel and Palestine. Extremely serious and disturbing. It was triggered by the recent clashes between Palestinians and the Israeli police on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, as well as the Israeli Supreme Court's decision to postpone the dispute over the resettlement of Palestinians
21:51, 21 May 2021

Gaza in smoke after Israeli missile "response"
 AFP 

Against the background of these events, on May 10, rockets flew towards Israel from the Gaza Strip. Israel responded with an attack from the air. Last night, May 11, the parties to the conflict began to exchange missile strikes again and continue to do so as of now. There are people killed and injured, including among the civilian population.

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- The UN Security Council will meet today to "discuss the most serious outbreak of hostilities since 2019 between Israel and militant groups in Gaza controlled by the Islamist Hamas."

Day in the conflict escalation zone

At about nine o'clock on Tuesday evening, May 11, air-raid sirens went off in Tel Aviv and its suburbs.

"Terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip continue to bombard central Israel with waves of rockets in the largest attack of its kind," the Times of Israel wrote.

Hamas members said they fired over 130 rockets at Israel. Most of them were intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome air defense system. According to the spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces (abbreviated as IDF) Hidai Zilberman, this air defense system is capable of intercepting 85-90% of missiles heading to populated areas.

The Israel Defense Forces reported that in response to "hundreds of rockets fired by Hamas over the past 24 hours," they hit a number of terrorist targets, including eliminating key figures - the head of the Gaza region, the head of Hamas military intelligence, the head of the Hamas military intelligence security department and his deputy.

“This is our biggest strike since 2014. We are currently targeting more terrorist targets in Gaza,” the Israeli army said on Twitter on Wednesday morning, May 12.

In all, over the past day and a half, the Israeli military has attacked more than 500 targets in Gaza. Hamas has fired more than 1,000 rockets towards Israel since Monday, The Times of Israel reports, citing a spokesman for the IDF.

Chief of the IDF General Staff Aviv Kohavi said that the army will continue to strike targets of Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip and is "ready for a wider conflict."

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Daily loss

CNN, citing the Palestinian Ministry of Health, reports at least 35 deaths, including 12 children, as a result of Israel's strike on Gaza.

The data on the losses in Israel are being specified. It is known for certain that there are deaths in the city of Ashkelon (at least two people) and in Rishon LeZion (at least one). At the same time, EurActiv reports five deaths. About two dozen civilians were wounded.

The current escalation of the conflict. Chronology

Hamas is a Palestinian Islamist movement ruling in the Gaza Strip, recognized as a terrorist organization by Israel, Canada, the United States, Japan and the European Union, and also banned in Jordan and Egypt.

Ahead of Israel's Supreme Court meeting to decide whether Palestinians could be forcibly evicted from the Sheikh Jarrah area of ​​East Jerusalem to make way for Jewish settlers, Hamas leader Mohammed Deif issued a public statement. He did this for the first time in seven years. The statement was disseminated via Telegram, the world media wrote about it on May 5.

Deif warned that if Israel continues to threaten to evict Palestinians in the Sheikh Jarrah area of ​​East Jerusalem, Hamas "will not stand helpless and the enemy will pay a heavy price."

Clashes on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem

On Monday, May 10, Israelis celebrated Jerusalem Day, marking the anniversary of the 1967 takeover of the entire city. On this occasion, a march was planned in the center, but several thousand Palestinians, barricading themselves in the local Al-Aqsa mosque (a very important shrine for Muslims), tried to disrupt the event.

Israeli police drove them out using rubber bullets, tear gas, and flashbangs. The Palestinians threw stones at the police and whatever was at hand.

As a result, more than 300 Palestinians were affected. The Israeli side announced 21 wounded policemen. To avoid more violent clashes, the march was canceled.

The first exchange of missile strikes

From 18:00 to 21:00 Monday, May 10, more than 80 rockets flew from the Gaza Strip towards Israel. Israeli Defense Minister Beni Gantz has declared a special position for the next 48 hours within a radius of 80 km from the Gaza Strip. Within a radius of 40 km, classes in schools were canceled.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that Hamas "crossed the red line" and his country will respond "with great force."

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And so it happened. On Monday, Israel attacked militant targets in the Gaza Strip from the air, then announced the elimination of at least three militants. In turn, the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza informed that as a result of these strikes, two dozen people were killed, including children, and more than 60 were injured.

Shelling resumed yesterday evening and continues to this day (see information above).

First exchange of missile strikes

From 18:00 to 21:00 Monday, May 10, more than 80 rockets flew from the Gaza Strip towards Israel. Israeli Defense Minister Beni Gantz has declared a special position for the next 48 hours within a radius of 80 km from the Gaza Strip. Within a radius of 40 km, classes in schools were canceled.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that Hamas "crossed the red line" and his country will respond "with great force."

And so it happened. On Monday, Israel attacked militant targets in the Gaza Strip from the air, then announced the elimination of at least three militants. In turn, the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza informed that as a result of these strikes, two dozen people were killed, including children, and more than 60 were injured.

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Shelling resumed yesterday evening and continues to this day.

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