The death toll in Gaza has risen in the years following the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, following the killing of a string of senior Hamas military figures and the destruction of three multistory towers.
Smoke billowed from Gaza on Wednesday, with Israeli airstrikes hitting apartment towers and blowing up multiple Hamas security installations. In Israel, hundreds of rockets fired by Hamas rulers and other groups in Gaza occasionally surpass missile defenses and send resounding airstrikes and explosions across Tel Aviv, Israel’s largest metropolitan area.
Gaza’s health ministry says the total death toll since the latest attack began has risen to at least 655, including 116 children. At least 355 people were injured.
The rocket fire killed six people on the Israeli side, including the first death of an Israeli soldier at one point in the conflict.
The other death toll was civilians, including three women and two children, one of whom was injured in a rocket attack on a six-year-old apartment building in the town of Shedarot. Some were injured in Israel.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the brigade commander for Gaza City was among 15 Hamas members killed on Wednesday.
“It’s just the beginning. We’re going to hit them in a way they’ve never been able to.”
Al Jazeera’s Harry Fawcett, in the southern Israeli media, reported that Israeli media reported that Israel was discussing options for using ground forces as well as air strikes.
“Israel has not done this since 2014. Considering the lives of Israeli soldiers, it carries a variety of risks … so it’s not a decision to be taken lightly, but it seems the alternative is at least being put in place,” he said.
Hostility erupted after Hamas issued a final condition on Monday demanding that Israel deploy its security forces from the compound of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the old city of Jerusalem after a violent crackdown against Palestinians.
Monday marked the third day in a row for Israeli police The storm has risen in the third holiest place of Islam, In the last days of the holy month of Ramadan, hundreds were injured by throwing rubber-coated steel rounds, stun grenades and tear gas at Palestinian worshipers.
As a result of Israel’s plan, that growth spread Forced eviction of residents From the Sheikh Zarah neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem to make way for Israeli settlers.
The ‘open’ conflict
Hamas confirmed that Gaza City Commander Bassem Isa was killed along with other senior members of the group in the Israeli airstrikes on Wednesday.
Its leader, Ismail Haniyeh, added: “The battle with the enemy is over.”
A Palestinian source said that ceasefire efforts by Egypt, Qatar and the United Nations have made no progress towards ending the violence.
The Israeli army has carried out more than 350 airstrikes in crowded coastal enclaves, calling it a military base. Gaza’s armed groups have reportedly fired more than 1,000 rockets since Monday.
U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken described the devastation scene as “outrageous” and said a senior ally, Haddy Amr, would be sent to urge Israelis and Palestinians to remain calm.
Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin has reaffirmed his support for “Ireland’s support for Israel’s legitimate right to self-defense.”
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said in a statement that Israel would continue to strike Hamas to restore long-term peace.
On Wednesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Russian President Vladimir Putin that the international community should “give Israel a Strong and resistant lessons“It simply came to our notice then.
Fighting between Israel and Hamas is the heaviest since the 2014 war in the Hamas-ruled enclave, and concerns are growing that the situation could spiral out of control.
The tower has been leveled in Gaza
In Gaza, a multi-storey residential building and a tower housing media outlets collapsed in Gaza after warnings before Israeli occupiers were evacuated, and another structure was severely damaged in the airstrikes.
The Al-Sharoq Tower, which housed the bureau of Al-Aqsa television channel, is the third tallest structure built by Israeli fire since the bombing began on Monday.
Yumna al-Sayed, a journalist from Gaza City, told Al Jazeera that the tower has hosted many media offices in the Gaza Strip and is located in a very densely populated area.
“Targeting a building that houses media offices is a clear message from the Israeli occupation that no media wants to tell the truth about what is going on in the Gaza Strip: the crazy airstrikes that are going on at every moment; the killing and targeting of civilians in residential buildings and apartments; Hundreds of Palestinians have been injured in the course of the day, “al-Sayed said.
Hamas says it fired 130 rockets at Israel in the wake of the Israeli attack on the al-Shorouk tower.
The Israelis threw stones at some community shelters or sidewalks away from Gaza.
“All Israel is under attack. This is a terrible situation, “said Margo Aronovich, a 26-year-old student in Tel Aviv.
Tensions also erupted in Israel’s mixed Arab-Jewish cities, where protests over hostilities erupted.
Israel imposed a night curfew on the Arab-majority city of Lod, also known as Lid.
A Palestinian man was shot dead, and a synagogue and dozens of cars were set on fire. The mayor likened it to a “civil war.”
Al Jazeera’s Harry Fawcett says Israel has sent a significant amount of military hardware to the Gaza border.
“This does not necessarily mean that there is going to be a ground aggression – as much as Israel’s concern is certainly at considerable risk, how much it has already been able to do from the air,” Fawcett said.
“But we saw that many tracks were placed behind the flat-bed lorries of cars, heavy artillery and self-propelled howitzers, which later returned empty. So of course there is preparation for a different step, or at least signs of force application.