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Rockets are launched into Israel amid Jerusalem's tension, in Gaza May 10, 2021 - Sputnik International

Live Updates: Barrage of Missiles Target Israel's Ashkelon Amid Heightened Tensions in Gaza Strip

The rocket attack comes as tensions are running high in Israel in the wake of a court's decision to evict a Palestinian family from Jerusalem, triggering a series of clashes between Palestinians and the police.

A total of seven rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel, setting off sirens in Jerusalem and Beit Shemesh and much of the country’s south, the Israel Defence Forces announced on Monday, as the nation commemorates Jerusalem Day, a public holiday marking the reunification of the city and the establishment of Israeli control over the Old City in the wake of the 1967 Six-Day War.

According to the military, one of the rockets was intercepted, while another projectile hit a civilian vehicle in the south, injuring one.

Gaza's Hamas militant group has claimed responsibility for the rocket fire. 

"The Al-Qassam Brigades launched a missile strike at the enemy in occupied Jerusalem in response to the crimes and aggression against the holy city, as well as the persecution of our people in Sheikh Jarrah and the Al-Aqsa Mosque", the groups' spokesperson Abu Obeida said.

He also warned that Israel had until 6 p.m. (15:00 GMT) to withdraw soldiers from the areas of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem.

Violence in East Jerusalem

Earlier in the day, the police and Palestinian protesters clashed outside the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The angery mob pelted stones at law enforcement officers, forcing them to resort to tear gas, rubber bullets, and stun grenades. The clash was the latest round of tensions in East Jerusalem that flared up after an Israeli court ruled in favour of Jewish settlers who claim land in Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood, resulting in eviction of several Palestinian families.

Later on Monday, a flag parade was launched in the city as part of commemorative events for Jerusalem Day. Those celebrating, however, were denied access to the Temple Mount, which was cordoned off by the police as to avoid clashes.

A law enforcement representative told Sputnik that after the sirens went off, the police decided to wrap up the parade.

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GAZA (Sputnik) - More than 500 Palestinians were injured on Monday in clashes with Israeli police in Jerusalem, the Jerusalem Red Crescent said.

It said 520 Palestinians, including two medical workers, were injured in clashes outside the Al-Aqsa Mosque. A total of 333 of those injured were taken to a hospital in Jerusalem, seven were in serious condition, it said.

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"The significant upsurge in violence in the occupied West Bank, including in East Jerusalem as well as in and around Gaza needs to stop immediately. The firing of rockets from Gaza against civilian populations in Israel is totally unacceptable and feeds escalatory dynamics. All leaders have a responsibility to act against extremists. The status quo of the holy sites must be fully respected. We reiterate our call on all sides to engage in de-escalatory efforts. Further civilian casualties must be prevented as a priority," the statement reads.

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Streaks of light are seen as Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepts rockets launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israel, as seen from Ashkelon, Israel May 10, 2021. - Sputnik International, 1920
Israel Suspends Classes in Schools in Gaza Vicinity, Opens Bomb Shelters Over Airstrikes
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TEL AVIV (Sputnik) - More than 150 rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip toward Israel on Monday evening, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said.

"Over 150 rockets fired from Gaza toward Israel since 6 pm today [15:00 GMT], May 10," IDF tweeted.

It separately added that dozens of missiles were intercepted by the Iron Dome air defense system.

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LONDON (Sputnik) - UK Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said on Monday that London condemns the air strikes in Jerusalem and urges both sides of the conflict to put an end to violence in Israel and the Gaza Strip.

"The UK condemns the firing of rockets at Jerusalem and locations within Israel. The ongoing violence in Jerusalem and Gaza must stop. We need an immediate de-escalation on all sides, and end to targeting of civilian populations," Raab wrote on Twitter.

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – US Secretary of State Antony Bliken expressed deep concern on Monday over Hamas' latest rocket attacks on Israel and called on all sides to avoid further escalation.

“We are deeply concerned about the rocket attacks that we have seen now, that need to stop immediately,” Blinken told reporters ahead of his meeting at the State Department with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi.

He urged all sides to cease the violence, de-escalate and reduce tensions.

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"The United States condemns in the strongest terms the barrage of rocket attacks fired into Israel in recent hours. This is an unacceptable escalation", US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in a press briefing.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared on Monday that anyone who attacked the country would pay a high price.

"Israel will respond with great force. Those who attack us will pay a heavy price", Netanyahu said speaking at the Jerusalem Day ceremony.

The prime minister added that "the conflict may go on for some time."

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"We are continuing to closely monitor the violence in Israel, we have serious concerns about the situation, including violent confrontations that we've seen over the last few days", Jen Psaki said during a press briefing.

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Nine Palestinians, including three minors, were killed in Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, Palestinian Health Ministry spokesperson Ashraf al-Kidra told Sputnik on Monday.

"As a result of the Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, nine Palestinians were killed in the enclave, including three teenagers, who were killed in the city of Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza Strip", al-Kidra said.

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The Israeli army began firing at Hamas targets on Monday in response to the latter's launch of rockets from the Gaza Strip, Israel Defense Forces spokesman Jonathan Conricus said.

Conricus stressed that the Israeli force had started attacking the military targets of Hamas in the Gaza Strip, considering the "dozens" of incoming hostile rockets a serious assault.


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