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Israelis and Palestinians clash for second day with air and rocket attacks | the world

Israeli planes hit the Gaza Strip and Palestinians fire rockets Israel This Saturday (6).

On Friday, the Israeli operation against the militant Islamic Jihad group ended more than a year of peace between the two. Israel killed one of the group’s leaders in a surprise airstrike during the day, and the Palestinians retaliated with rockets.

Islamic Jihad has claimed to have fired more than 100 rockets into Israel from Gaza.

On Saturday, Israel said it struck Islamic Jihad fighters who were preparing to launch rockets. Other blasts hit three houses, witnesses said.

Bombing effect on Gaza on August 6, 2022 – Photo: Mohammed Salem/Reuters

Palestinian militants fired at least 160 rockets. Air raid sirens sounded in Israel, and people had to flee to bomb shelters in cities in the south of the country.

According to the Israeli Ambulance Service, most of the missiles were intercepted and there were no reports of serious casualties.

Egypt, the UN and Qatar mobilized to end the fighting.

Hossein Salami, commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Army, has said that Israel will pay a heavy price for the attacks on Gaza.

Israel’s anti-missile system in action on August 6, 2022 — Photo: Ilan Rosenberg/Reuters

If Hamas, the Islamist militant group that controls Gaza, attacks Israel, the conflict will escalate dramatically.

12 Palestinians were killed in the Israeli attack. Apart from the Islamic Jihad leader, four other militants belonging to the group were killed. A child is also among the dead. According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, the number of injured is at least 84.

Islamic Jihad has not given precise details on how many of its members were killed and has not announced any immediate ceasefire. A member of the group told reporters that for them, it was time for protest, not for fighting.

The Israeli military said it arrested 19 Islamic Jihad fighters overnight in raids in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

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