Death toll from Israeli attacks on Gaza rises to 133
JERUSALEM: Israeli attacks on the blockaded Gaza Strip killed seven more Palestinians on early Saturday, taking the death toll to 133, according to Gaza’s Health Ministry.
The fatalities included 36 children and 20 women, while the number of injured rose to 950, according to a statement from the ministry.
Israeli warplanes on Friday resumed airstrikes on the blockaded Gaza Strip, causing heavy damages to residential buildings across the enclave.
Meanwhile, a total of 11 Palestinians were killed on Friday as the Israeli forces clashed with them to disperse their rallies in different parts of the West Bank.
Also, Lebanese authorities announced that a Lebanese youth was killed when Israeli artillery fire targeted protesters along the Israeli security fence in the south of the country.
Tensions have been running high in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem and at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Damascus Gate since the start of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan as Israeli forces and settlers assaulted Palestinians.
The tensions moved from East Jerusalem to Gaza after Palestinian resistance groups there vowed to retaliate against Israeli assaults on the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Sheikh Jarrah if they were not halted.
Israel occupied East Jerusalem, where Al-Aqsa is located, during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. It annexed the entire city in 1980 in a move never recognized by the international community.—(Anadolu Agency)