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Israel carried out airstrikes in Palestinian territory after militants in Gaza fired a barrage of rockets at Jerusalem

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Israel carried out airstrikes in Palestinian territory after militants in Gaza fired a barrage of rockets at Jerusalem for the first time since 2014, raising fears of a wider conflict following days of clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police in the contested holy city of Jerusalem..



Israel’s military said Monday that it had begun striking targets in Hamas-ruled Gaza in response to more than 150 rockets from Gaza. The targets included eight Hamas operatives and a Hamas terror tunnel. Israel also bolstered its troops on the border with Gaza.

The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza said 21 people were killed in the Israeli airstrikes, including 10 children. Israel’s military said it killed eight Hamas operatives and said that it was looking into the reports about children’s deaths.

Israeli officials said they were preparing for several days of fighting and possibly widening Israel’s military efforts to demonstrate that it doesn’t tolerate attacks on its soil or citizens.


“The current conflict could continue for some time. We do not seek escalation but whoever chooses to escalate will feel the weight of our arm,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

State Department spokesman Ned Price said the U.S. condemned Hamas rockets fired into Israel, calling them “an unacceptable escalation.” He said the U.S. recognized Israel’s right to defend itself but urged “all sides to ensure calm and de-escalate tensions and avoid violent confrontations.”

Israel’s military said seven rockets were fired from Gaza toward Jerusalem and the nearby city of Beit Shemesh, including one that was intercepted. One of the rockets aimed at Jerusalem hit a house, causing light injuries to people there, according to Israeli officials

Beyond Jerusalem, more than 100 rockets were fired toward other Israeli areas, including communities in the south near the Gaza border. Militants in Gaza also fired an antitank missile toward Sderot, injuring a civilian standing near a targeted vehicle, Israel’s military said.

According to Israel’s emergency services Magen David Adom, one of the rockets fired from Gaza hit an ambulance in southern Israel and injured the driver, who was taken to the hospital.

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