Israeli military fires artillery, tank shells into Gaza: Witnesses
AP, Thursday 13 May 2021


Israel has begun firing artillery and tank shells into Gaza, and scores of families are fleeing their homes, Palestinian witnesses in the Gaza Strip said Thursday.

The use of artillery fire marks an escalation in Israel's four-day-old offensive in Gaza and raises the likelihood of civilian casualties. The attacks occurred in northern communities near the Israeli frontier and in eastern Gaza City.

Resident Ibrahim Jamal said about 200 people have sought shelter in a United Nations school.

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