الإثنين , يونيو 8 2020

Casualties mount in Gaza conflict

There is international concern about the impact of the violence on civilians

A Palestinian family and an Israeli Bedouin father were among those killed on Saturday as the casualty toll from Israel’s ground campaign and rocket attacks from Gaza continued to rise.

The Bedouin man died and family members were injured when a rocket hit their campsite in south Israel, police said.

The Palestinian family of eight were among at least 30 people killed as the death toll in Gaza surged past 300.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon is heading to the region to help mediation efforts.

The visit is aimed at helping Israelis and Palestinians “end the violence and find a way forward”, the UN said.

On Friday US President Barack Obama said he was “deeply concerned” about civilian losses in the conflict.

Israel launched ground operations in Gaza following 10 days of air strikes, which failed to stop Hamas firing rockets across the border.

Missile fire from Gaza into Israel has continued unabated

People in Gaza City look at a building destroyed by an Israeli air strike

Further rocket attacks on southern Israel were reported on Saturday.

The Israeli military said it killed a Palestinian militant after he infiltrated Israel through a tunnel from central Gaza.

The army said he was among several militants armed with machine-guns aiming to carry out a lethal attack on a nearby Israeli community.

An Israeli patrol repulsed the attack, forcing the militants back into Gaza. Two Israeli soldiers died in the incident, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said.

Reports said residents of the al-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza received telephone warnings from the IDF telling them to evacuate on Saturday ahead of Israeli military operations.

Earlier, an air strike outside a mosque in the southern town of Khan Younis killed seven people.



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Lyse Doucet talks to Gazans while Quentin Sommerville reports from Israel

US President Barack Obama spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday, underlining his support for Israel’s right to defend itself against Palestinian militants but warning against escalation in Gaza.

President Obama said “no nation should accept rockets being fired into its borders” but called on Israel’s military to conduct its operation “in a way that minimises civilian casualties.”

Mr Netanyahu has warned of a “significant expansion” of the offensive but Hamas, the Palestinian group that controls Gaza, said Israel would “pay a high price” for the invasion.

Gaza-Israel views on invasion

“The ground invasion is a bad move because it is going to kill more innocent civilians and would do no good for Israelis.” – Abdelraziq, business and management graduate, Gaza

“The ground invasion is a necessary evil. The last thing that Israel would like to do is to risk the lives of its own soldiers and the lives of innocent people, but we have to stop the firing of the rockets and destroy the tunnels.” – Doron Youngerwood, marketing manager, Modiin, Israel

At least 60 Palestinians are thought to have been killed since Israel launched the ground offensive in Gaza on Thursday.

More than 330 Palestinians – the vast majority of them civilians – have been killed since the start of the wider Israeli operation on 8 July, according to officials in Gaza.

Three Israeli soldiers and two Israeli civilians have been killed since 8 July and several Israelis have been seriously injured.

Israel says the ground operation is necessary to target a Hamas tunnel network, which the Israel military could not do only from the air.

UN officials say more than 50,000 Palestinians have sought shelter from the offensive.

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