For the second day in a row, on Tuesday, Palestinian extremists in Gaza fired rockets at Israel, and Israel launched air strikes on the Palestinian territories.
Eli Bin, the head of the Israeli ambulance, said two women were killed in a rocket attack by Palestinian militants in Ashkelon.
Hamas said it fired 137 rockets to the coastal cities of Ashkelon and Ashdod, south of Tel Aviv, today. There was a five-minute barrage fire today. Television footage showed that at least two houses were on fire. A school in Ashkelon was hit hard and classes were suspended.
After the attack, Israel carried out air strikes on Gaza. Health authorities in the Gaza Strip say the overall death toll has risen to at least 26 people, including 9 children.
Israel disputes these figures and claims that it killed 15 Hamas fighters and three Islamic Jihad members in retaliation, and that a third of the 250 Palestinian rockets exploded earlier, causing Palestinian civilian casualties .
Since 2019, the fiercest conflict between the armed factions in Gaza, ruled by Islamic Hamas, and Israel began on Monday, when Palestinians clashed with Israeli police near the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.
Israeli police said 31 people were injured in the rocket attack on southern Israel.
Since 2014, Hamas has launched rockets to Jerusalem on Monday.
During the Muslim month of Ramadan, Israeli-Palestinian tensions in the Holy City escalated-Ramadan, sporadic conflicts and the announcement of the deportation of Palestinians from Jewish settlers’ houses.
This is a protracted court battle that has exacerbated tensions.
US Secretary of State Anthony Brinken said that Gaza’s rocket attacks on Israel must be “stopped” immediately. He called on both sides to take steps to ease the tension.