By Our Reporter
The Israel army continues to bombard the Gaza strip and by Friday the death toll in the resumed hostilities with Palestine had risen to over 119, with hundreds others injured.
According to Palestinian media, Israel continued with air raids and artillery shells throughout Thursday night and Friday as it stepped up the deployment of troops and tanks near the besieged Palestinian enclave.
So far, at least 119 Palestinians, including 31 children, have been killed and more than 830 wounded since hostilities flared up on Monday.
Following the onslaught, hundreds of Palestinian families have sought shelter in UN-run schools in northern Gaza to escape Israeli artillery fire, with locals reporting that that the Strip had experienced its “most violent” night on Thursday.
Despite international calls for an immediate halt of all hostilities, including from United Nations chief Antonio Guterres, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged the offensive will continue “as needed to restore calm in the state of Israel”.
The fighting which started early this week intensified after Hamas fired another barrage of rockets towards Israel, hitting the city of Ashkelon in the early hours on Friday.
At least six Israelis and one Indian national are reported to have been killed during the attack. The Israeli army said hundreds of rockets have been fired from Gaza towards various locations in Israel and they have added reinforcements near the enclave’s eastern lands.
Meanwhile, violence is brewing between Israeli settlers and Palestinian citizens in the West Bank as well as in Israel. In another potential escalation, at least three rockets were fired from southern Lebanon towards Israel.
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