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Five Israelis killed by rocket attacks; Palestinian death toll reaches 32 in Gaza

A 12-storey building in Gaza -- in which Hamas and the Islamic Jihad group confirmed they had commanders who had died -- was completely destroyed on Tuesday by one of the Israeli air strikes

AFP , Wednesday 12 May 2021
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Israeli border police vehicles drive past an extinguished burnt vehicle in Lod near Tel Aviv, on May 11, 2021 (Photo: AFP)
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A man and a girl were killed Wednesday in the Israeli town of Lod after the car they were in was hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, Israeli police said.

The new deaths take the number of people killed in Israel by rocket strikes from Gaza since Monday to five.

Earlier on Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared a state of emergency in Lod – in which 47,000 Jewish Israelis and 23,000 Arab Israelis live – one day after an Israeli Arab was killed in it.

Tensions have recently soared over Israel's planned eviction of Palestinians from the eastern Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood, launching an aggressive crackdown on ordinary Palestinian citizens and protesters as well as stopping Muslims from entering the Al-Aqsa mosque compound.

This spiralled on Monday night into a barrage of rocket fire from Gaza and deadly Israeli air strikes in retaliation.

The sharp escalation has killed at least 32 Palestinians in the blockaded Gaza Strip and wounded hundreds more.

Hamas said it had fired more than 200 rockets while Israel's army said more than 600 rockets had been fired since Monday from Gaza towards Israel mainly by Hamas and the Islamic Jihad group.

This comes after a 12-storey building in Gaza -- in which Hamas and the Islamic Jihad group confirmed they had commanders who had died -- was completely destroyed on Tuesday by one of the Israeli air strikes.

Hamas threatened to turn the nearby Israeli city of Ashkelon into "hell".

*This story was edited by Ahram Online

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