Death toll from Israeli attacks on Gaza rises to 119 including 13 children
As Israel bombarded Gaza with artillery and air strikes on Friday in response to a new barrage of rocket fire from the Hamas-run enclave, the death toll increased to 119.
The fatalities include 31 children and 19 women, while over 800 people have been injured to date, the Palestinian Health Ministry statement said.
Israeli warplanes on Friday resumed airstrikes on the blockaded Gaza Strip after a two-hour pause. In early morning attacks, fighter jets targeted several spots, including an iron workshop located in the Zaitun neighborhood of Gaza.
Hamas fired another barrage of rockets towards Israel, hitting the city of Ashkelon in the wee hours of Friday.
At least six Israelis and one Indian national have also been killed. The Israeli army said hundreds of rockets have been fired from Gaza towards various locations in Israel and they have added reinforcements near the enclave’s eastern lands.
Violence is brewing between Israeli settlers and Palestinian citizens in the West Bank as well as in Israel. In another potential escalation, at least three rockets were fired from southern Lebanon towards Israel.
Meanwhile, two Palestinians were also martyred by Israeli fire in the West Bank as clashes injured more than 100 people in the occupied territory.
The Palestinian health ministry confirmed that man was shot dead by Israeli troops near Jenin.There have been daily clashes in the West Bank since Monday, when the conflict in Gaza escalated after the territory s rulers, Hamas, fired rockets towards Jerusalem.
Tensions have been running high in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem over the past month as Israeli settlers swarmed in following a court order for the eviction of Palestinian families in the area.