Why the conflict in Jerusalem is far from over

Why the conflict in Jerusalem is far from over

A total of seven people have been killed in Israel, including four people who died on Wednesday.

With concern growing that the violence that flared on Monday could spiral out of control, the United States is sending an envoy, Hady Amr, to the region.

A Palestinian source said truce efforts by Egypt, Qatar and the United Nations had made no progress to end the violence. A 30-year-old Indian woman in Israel, Soumya Santosh, was killed in a rocket attack by Palestinian militants from Gaza, as per officials.

"We are facing Israel and Covid-19".

"The damage is huge in the whole area", he said. An electricity pole had collapsed by the road, its wires severed.

'How is it proportionate for an Israeli air strike to destroy the entire building?' Israel said its energy needs would continue to be met.

Israel's Defence Minister Benny Gantz vowed more attacks on embattled Gaza before considering a ceasefire. "It's a very scary situation to be in", said Margo Aronovic, a 26-year-old student, in Tel Aviv.

Authorities advised new parents to take the children out of their cribs and guard them in the fortified halls while rockets rained down from above. Samples were being examined and they had yet to draw any final conclusions, they said.

On Wednesday, Mr Biden finally broke his silence to say Israel had the right to defend itself against "thousands of rockets" flying into its territory.

"Nothing justifies the lynching of Arabs by Jews and nothing justifies the lynching of Jews by Arabs", Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, adding that Israel was fighting a battle "on two fronts".

"Make no mistake: Hamas is a terrorist group".

The most intensive aerial exchanges between Israel and Hamas since a 2014 war in Gaza have prompted global concern that the situation could spiral out of control.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh has also threatened to step up attacks, warning that "if Israel wants to escalate, we are ready for it".

There have been calls from across the political spectrum in Israel for calm.

As we have been reporting, the escalation in violence has triggered street violence in Israel between Jews and Israeli Arabs.

Police said they had responded to violent incidents in multiple towns, including Lod, Acre and Haifa, confirming 374 arrests shortly past midnight.

But in a sign of frustration after the USA move to block a Security Council statement condemning the actions, France, along with three other Security Council members from Europe - Norway, Estonia, and Ireland - issued their own joint statement later Wednesday.

A number of foreign carriers have cancelled flights to Israel because of the unrest. They included a soldier killed by an anti-tank missile and a 6-year-old child hit in a rocket attack.

At least 67 people have been killed in Gaza since violence escalated on Monday, according to the enclave's health ministry.

On Wednesday, Hamas announced the death of its military chief in Gaza City, Bassem Issa, with the Israeli military saying it had killed three other senior figures as well.

The conflict has led to the freezing of talks by Netanyahu's opponents on forming a governing coalition to unseat him after Israel's inconclusive March 23 election.

Speaking after the House of Commons, the Burnley MP added: "I know there are people across Burnley and Padiham who have friends and relatives in Israel or Palestine, and who are anxious about their safety".

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