Gaza on the brink as Israeli strikes continue

Rockets fired from Gaza at southern Israel

Rockets fired from Gaza at southern Israel

Israel launched more air strikes on Gaza on Tuesday as Palestinians kept up rocket fire on Israeli territory, in the worst surge of violence since a 2014 war.

An anti-tank missile from Gaza struck an Israeli bus Monday afternoon, severely wounding a soldier, the military and rescue services said.

Several homes were hit and the military said Israel's Iron Dome anti-rocket system intercepted more than 100 rockets and mortar bombs.

Two Israeli soldiers have been killed in that time.

Israel also attacked the studios of Hamas's Al-Aqsa Television, whose employees had received advance warnings from the military to evacuate.

Recent weeks have seen Israel allow Qatar to provide the Gaza Strip with millions of dollars in aid for salaries as well as fuel to help ease an electricity crisis.

Over 50 Israeli civilians were injured and seven Palestinians were killed as a result of the latest wave of violence.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held an emergency security meeting with his minister of military forces and other senior Israeli military officials in Tel Aviv on Monday, a day after the Israeli raid on Gaza ignited new tensions in the region.

Photo taken on November 12, 2018 shows smoke rising following an Israeli airstrike on Hamas-run television station Al-Aqsa Television in Gaza City.

The spokesman for the Hamas military wing, identified only as Abu Obeida, said in a statement that Ashkelon "has entered the range of fire as a response to the bombing of buildings in Gaza".

Firing 10 missiles at the Al-Aqsa TV station, Israeli jets destroyed its headquarters, witnesses said.

Israeli media reported five other people wounded.

This brings to seven the number of Palestinians killed in the latest Israeli airstrikes on the Strip.

More than 170 demonstrators, most unarmed, have been killed by Israeli army fire in the confrontations, in which some of the participants threw stones, burned tires or hurled grenades toward Israeli forces.

Violent clashes have accompanied major protests along the Gaza-Israel border that began on March 30.

A Palestinian official said Egypt and the United Nations had stepped up efforts with Palestinian factions and Israel to end the current round of fighting "and prevent further escalation".

Israeli medical services say a man has been killed by a rocket that hit an apartment building in southern Israel and a woman was critically wounded. The Palestinian protesters have been demanding the right to return for those driven out of their homeland by Israeli wars and other acts of aggression since 1948.

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