A confrontation between Israel and Palestinians sparked by weeks of tensions in contested occupied Jerusalem escalated on Tuesday as Israel unleashed new airstrikes on Gaza.
Since sundown on Monday, 28 Palestinians — including 10 children and a woman — were killed in Gaza, most by airstrikes, health officials there said. In a sign of widening unrest, hundreds of residents of Arab communities across Israel staged overnight demonstrations denouncing the recent actions of Israeli security forces against Palestinians. It was one of the largest protests by Palestinian citizens in Israel in recent years.
Two women were killed by rockets fired from Gaza that hit their homes in the southern city of Ashkelon — the first Israeli deaths in the current violence.
After those deaths, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said officials decided to “increase both the strength and rate of the strikes” against Hamas and Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip.
Late on Tuesday, Israeli airstrikes have demolished a 12-storey building in Gaza City that housed the offices of top Hamas officials.
A gathering of representatives of Muslim nations has condemned Israel for the outbreak of violence in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound.
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