More than 20 Palestinians were killed in Israeli strikes in Gaza after security forces cracked down on supporters of Jerusalem.
The Israeli military renewed its bombing of the beleaguered Gaza Strip Tuesday morning, targeting several areas after rockets were fired from the enclave.
The new attacks come hours after the Gaza Ministry of Health said at least 24 Palestinians – including nine children – were killed in Israeli air strikes overnight on the strip after Hamas fired rockets from the coastal area into Israel.
The rocket fire came after Hamas issued an ultimatum in the Gaza Strip urging Israel to evict its security forces from the occupied Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem after days of violence against Palestinians.
Israeli police stormed the grounds for the third time in a row on Monday, firing rubber-coated steel cartridges, stun grenades and tear gas at Palestinian worshipers in the mosque in the final days of the holy month of Ramadan.
More than 700 Palestinians have been injured in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank in the past 24 hours.
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Israel launches further air strikes on Gaza
The Israeli army launched new air strikes on Gaza, saying it had hit “130 targets” there since last night, “in response” to rockets fired from the strip.
Hamas said it fired dozens of rockets from Gaza after previously warning Israel to stop violence against Palestinian worshipers at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.
In a statement released early Tuesday, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said the rocket attacks would continue until Israel “halts all scenes of terrorism and aggression in Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque”.