More Israeli raids Gaza as bombing enters second week

The Israeli military launched another series of air raids on the Gaza Strip early on Monday, hours after Israel’s caretaker Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said attacks on the Palestinian enclave would continue “in full force”.

Explosions rocked Gaza City from north to south in a bombardment that was heavier, on a wider area and lasted longer than the air raids that killed at least 42 Palestinians and wounded dozens more on Sunday.

One Palestinian was reported wounded.

Earlier, Hamas fired rockets towards the Israeli cities of Ashkelon and Beershaba.

At least 192 people, including 58 children and 34 women, have been killed in the Gaza Strip since the latest violence began a week ago.

Israel has reported 10 dead, including two children.

The United Nations Security Council met on Sunday to discuss the violence but failed to agree even a joint statement of concern.

China said it was the United States that obstructed the council from speaking “with one voice”.

One Palestinian reported wounded

Al Jazeera’s Safwat al-Kahlout, reporting from Gaza city, said one Palestian was treated for light injuries at al-Shifa hospital.

There were no other reports of injuries, and the Associated Press news agency said there was little information on the extent of damage inflicted on the Gaza Strip early on Monday.

Israel strikes ’empty bases, training camps’ linked to Palestinian groups

Al Jazeera’s Safwat ak-Kahlout, reporting from Gaza, said the Israeli military targeted “empty fields, empty and evacuated military bases and empty training camps linked to Palestinian fighting groups” in and around Gaza City.

Hamas, meanwhile, fired short-range rockets at southern Israel, instead of the longer-range weapons launched a day earlier.The Israeli Iron Dome air defence system intercepted those rockets, said al-Kahlout.

 

“It appears that the scale of the fire of the Palestinian fighting group is linked to the strength of the Israeli fire,” he added.

Israel’s latest air attacks ‘heavier, longer’

Israel’s latest air bombardment of the Gaza Strip was “heavier, on a wider area and lasting longer” than the raids 24 hours earlier that killed at least 42 Palestinians.

Fares Akram, AP’s correspondent in Gaza City, said explosions “rocked the city” from north to south for 10 minutes.

Al Jazeera’s Safwat al-Kahlout, reporting from Gaza, said there has been barely “one hour of peace” and that Israeli drones were “hovering overhead, controlling the skies”.

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