Israel shelled Islamic jihadist camps in the Gaza Strip for the third day in a row on Sunday as violence escalated, with 31 Palestinians killed and militants firing their first rockets in Jerusalem.
Six children have been killed and 275 injured since the conflict began on Friday, health officials said in an enclave where several buildings were reduced to rubble.
Israel has come under pressure with heavy airstrikes and artillery strikes on positions of the Islamic Jihad, an Iran-backed group designated as a terrorist organization by some Western countries, which has fired hundreds of rockets since Friday. .
Salmiya said medical workers were treating the injured in “very bad condition” and warned of a serious shortage of medicines and fuel to run the generators.
Israeli medical sources said two people were hospitalized with shrapnel wounds from the rocket attack.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Cairo was in talks with both sides “around the clock” to defuse the violence.
Israel said it had “irrefutable” evidence that stray rockets launched by Islamic Jihad had caused the deaths of several children in the Jabalia region of northern Gaza on Saturday.
“We rushed to the site and found some bodies lying on the ground…they were children torn apart,” said Muhammad Abu Sadar of the devastation in Jabalia. rice field.
Al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Jihad, said it had “launched rockets” into Jerusalem for the first time in the latest round of violence.
Amid mounting tensions, Jews in Israel’s annexed East Jerusalem celebrated Tisha Beav’s fasting day Sunday at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, known in Judaism as the Temple Mount.
Israel said it needed to launch a “preemptive” operation against Islamic Jihad on Friday, claiming the group was planning an imminent attack.
Israel’s Rapid called Mansur’s killing an “extraordinary achievement”.
After Israel closed its border crossings, daily life in the Gaza Strip came to a standstill as the lone power plant shut down due to a fuel shortage.
The UN humanitarian agency OCHA has warned of “serious risks” to the “continuity of basic essential services”.
Meanwhile, civilians in southern and central Israel were forced into air raid shelters, two were hospitalized with shrapnel wounds, and 13 suffered minor injuries while running for safety.
“Ashkelon is a ghost town. It’s a holiday, so the kids should be playing outside.”
“All military branches and factional resistance are united in this battle,” said Barhoom.
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