Live: Israeli troops mass near Gaza border as tensions escalate

From The Sun


NEAR GAZA BORDER, Media – Israel prepares combat troops and is in “various stages of preparing ground operations”, a military spokesman has said, a move that would recall similar incursions during Israel-Gaza wars in 2014 and 2008-2009.

Hamas fired dozens of rockets towards Tel Aviv late on Tuesday in response to an Israeli air strike that had flattened a tower block in the Strip.

Israel has launched air strikes against militant targets in the Gaza Strip, after rockets were fired from the territory towards Jerusalem.

The Hamas-run Palestinian health ministry in Gaza said 20 people, including children, had died in the strikes. In Jerusalem, the rocket fire caused Israel’s parliament to be evacuated as sirens sounded.

Tensions between Israel and the Palestinians spiralled in recent days. Gaza’s Hamas rulers had threatened to strike after hundreds of Palestinians were injured in clashes with Israeli police in Jerusalem on Monday.

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