The Israeli-Palestinian conflict escalated into a series of deadly clashes in its cities and several demonstrations in the West Bank, which opened fire on Gaza until the sixth day.
Despite growing tensions and attempts to negotiate with US and federal governments, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised on Friday that the Israeli insurgency against Hamas, the Palestinian army that controls Gaza, “has not ended.”
As the number of Palestinians killed in Gaza rose to 136, including women and 55 children, U.S. governments and governments struggled to end the war. Ten Israelites have been killed, including a child and a soldier.
Israel denied a second chance to issue a ruling from Hamas, a Western diplomat told FT. Hady Amr, head of the U.S. State department in Israel and Palestine events was in Tel Aviv overnight, as the UN sought to suspend two hours of fighting Sunday to end the violence.
For six days Israeli planes have stormed the Gaza Strip, home to 2m Palestinians, and a mother and her four children have been killed overnight when their home in a refugee camp said, health officials said.
Israeli warplanes hit a large house in Gaza City, while media outlets including Al Jazeera and the Associated Press have their headquarters, an AP reporter at the site said. Israel sent a warning to get out of the house, Al Jazeera said.
An Arab spokesman in Netanyahu told Israel Channel 12 news that “Hamas is to blame for the deaths of civilians in Gaza”. The spokesman said the terrorists had placed weapons in public places.
Despite the bombing of Israel, which has been more frequently combined with weapons and tank fire, Hamas has thrown about 2,500 stones into Israel.
On Friday night, Hamas fired 200 rockets into Ashdod and Beersheva.
In the West Bank, Israeli security forces killed 11 Palestinians after protests erupted on Friday, local health officials said.
Tensions in the West Bank could escalate, Palestinian Deputy Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh told FT, after nearly 80 protests on Friday. Some became violent when the Palestinians threw stones at Israeli soldiers.
A major demonstration in Palestine is set for next Saturday, the 73rd anniversary of the creation of Israel, which Arabs call Nakba, PA or disaster.
The West Bank, which Israel has been in since the 1967 war, has about 650,000 Jews, including 200,000 in East Jerusalem. The region, the seat of Fatah, the anti-Palestinian group Hamas, was silent until yesterday.
Also in the fight against Hamas, Israel has struggled to deal with civil unrest over the years as Jewish and minority groups of Israeli men have attacked each other and destroyed areas in the mixed cities of Israel.
Israeli police have arrested nearly 900 people in an attempt to quell unrest in mixed Jewish and Arab cities, with public outcry at the hands of the Jewish community.
About 15,000 police officers struggled to set up night shifts in cities like Lod, Haifa and Jaffa, where an Arab house had been blown up.
The Arab-Israeli conflict has been dominated for more than a decade by the war between Israeli forces and Palestinian forces in their territories. But public violence has brought new challenges.
Israeli Arabs make up about one-fifth of the Jewish population, hold Israeli passports and vote in national elections. But they say they are suffering from stigma and discrimination because of what the media and organizations are feeling and their grief over the Palestinian cause has made them a target for Israeli politicians.
This week, Israel relocated thousands of police officers from the West Bank to Israeli cities and towns as they stepped up their fight against domestic violence.
The crisis began weeks after a riot in and around Jerusalem, which escalated last week when police used rubber bullets, tear gas and anti-Palestinian grenades at the al-Aqsa mosque.
More than 500 Palestinian civilians have been injured and photos of police using force against protesters at the third most holy place in Islam – the site of the Arab-Israeli conflict – Arab hostility.
The al-Aqsa mosque lies on a wall – known to Muslims as Haram ash-Sharif, or the Noble Sanctuary, and to the Jews as the Temple Mount – this is sacred to all religions.
As tensions intensified, Hamas joined a mob on Monday, hurling stones at Israel and demanding that Jewish civilians in the Middle East stop harassing Arab civilians awaiting deportation from Israeli courts.
Israel has responded by launching its largest anti-Hamas operation since its 2014 war with the Islamic State.
The impoverished region now has about five hours a day and is likely to arrive on Saturday, according to an Israeli security official.
In an effort to curb Hamas’s access to resources, Israel, since 2007, has put in place measures to block the Gaza Strip.