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JERUSALEM — Israel carried out uncommon airstrikes in Lebanon on Friday, a pointy escalation that sparked fears of a broader battle after militants fired dozens of rockets from Lebanon into Israeli territory. Israel additionally continued bombarding the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli strikes on southern Lebanon — what analysts described as essentially the most severe border violence since Israel’s 2006 struggle with Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant group — threatened to push the confrontation right into a harmful new section following violence at one among Jerusalem’s holiest websites.

Though the Israeli army was fast to emphasise that its warplanes struck websites belonging to solely Palestinian militant teams, the barrage dangers drawing in Israel’s bitter foe Hezbollah, which controls a lot of southern Lebanon and has prior to now portrayed itself as a defender of the Palestinians and the contested metropolis of Jerusalem. The Israeli army stated that it held Lebanon accountable for the assaults originating from its territory.

Israeli missiles struck an open subject close to the Palestinian refugee camp of Rashidiyeh, near the coastal southern metropolis of Tyre, in keeping with an Related Press photographer. Different strikes hit a small bridge and energy transformer within the close by city of Maaliya and a flock of sheep within the city of Qalili, on the outskirts of the Palestinian camp. A number of sheep had been killed and residents of the city, together with Syrian refugees, reported minor accidents.

‘“I used to be sleeping and all of a sudden I couldn’t really feel something besides the affect,” stated Qalili resident Majid Abdelsattar. The strikes, he stated, broken his dad and mom’ home and the household’s citrus orchard. The Lebanese army stated it discovered one other rocket launcher Friday after dismantling a number of the day earlier than.

The Israeli army stated its strikes hit principally what it described as Hamas militant infrastructure in Lebanon and Gaza.

The Israeli airstrikes got here in response to an unusually giant barrage of rockets from Lebanon after Israeli police raids on the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem spiraled into unrest and sparked outrage within the Arab world. The holy website, a tinderbox for Israeli-Palestinian tensions, sits on a hilltop sacred to each Muslims and Jews. In 2021, an escalation additionally triggered by clashes on the Al-Aqsa compound spilled over into an 11-day struggle between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers.

On Friday, violence once more broke out on the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. Chaos erupted at one of many entrances to the esplanade earlier than daybreak prayers on Friday as Israeli police wielding batons descended on crowds of Palestinian worshippers, who chanted slogans praising Hamas as they tried to squeeze into the positioning. An hour later, in keeping with movies, individuals leaving the prayers staged an unlimited protest on the limestone courtyard, with Palestinians elevating their fists and shouting in help of Hamas rocket hearth, and Israeli police pressured their means into the compound.

Police didn’t touch upon the sooner beatings, however stated safety forces entered the holy compound after prayers in response to “masked suspects” who threw rocks towards officers at one of many gates.

The scenes of Israeli police beating and dispersing Palestinians — and an hour later, coming into the plaza itself in power — might additional inflame tensions through the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a time of heightened non secular fervor.

The Israeli army stated it was clear that either side wished to keep away from a full-blown battle. “Quiet will probably be answered with quiet,” Lt. Col. Richard Hecht, a spokesman for the Israeli army advised reporters early Friday. However, he added, “All our eyes are actually on Jerusalem.”

The Israeli army stated on Friday that Palestinian militants in Gaza had up to now fired 44 rockets from Gaza, solely 23 of which crossed into Israeli territory. The others both did not launch, fell into the Mediterranean Sea, or had been intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome aerial protection system, the army stated. Most missiles struck open areas in Israel’s south, however one landed within the city of Sderot, damaging a home. There have been no Israeli casualties.

The Israeli army stated it pounded Gaza with extra airstrikes on Friday, hitting 10 targets that it described as tunnel infrastructure, together with weapons manufacturing and growth websites belonging largely to the Hamas militant group. There have been no speedy stories of casualties in Gaza, however the Palestinian Well being Ministry stated that one of many strikes prompted some harm to a kids’s hospital in Gaza Metropolis.

“This isn’t the primary time that well being amenities have been focused, and it’s unacceptable,” the ministry stated of the harm to Al Dorra Pediatric Hospital.

Hecht added that the army was wanting into the stories of injury to the hospital.

The present spherical of violence started Wednesday after Israeli police twice raided the Al-Aqsa Mosque. That led Thursday to rocket hearth from Gaza and, in a major escalation, the barrage from Lebanon.

“Israel’s response, tonight and past, will extract a heavy value from our enemies,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated after his Safety Cupboard assembly late Thursday.

Tensions have simmered alongside the Lebanese border in latest weeks as Israel seems to have ratcheted up its shadow struggle towards Iranian-linked targets in Syria, one other shut ally of Iran, Israel’s archenemy within the area.

Suspected Israeli airstrikes in Syria in latest weeks have killed two Iranian army advisers and quickly put the nation’s two largest airports out of service. Hecht, the army spokesman, stated Thursday’s rocket hearth was not believed to be related to occasions in Syria.

“It’s Hamas-dominant,” Hecht stated, referring to the targets of the Israeli airstrikes each in Lebanon and Gaza.

In Jerusalem, whilst calm returned to at Al-Aqsa a number of hours after the burst of violence, the scenario remained tense forward of noon Friday prayers.

For the earlier two nights, Palestinians have barricaded themselves within the mosque with stones and firecrackers. Israeli police have fired stun grenades and rubber bullets to evict the worshippers. On Tuesday, Israeli police fiercely beat Palestinians and arrested over 400 individuals, stoking rage throughout Arab cities in Israel, the occupied West Financial institution and the Gaza Strip.

Israeli authorities management entry to the positioning, however the compound is run by Islamic and Jordanian officers.

Related Press author Abby Sewell in Beirut contributed to this report.

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JERUSALEM — Israel carried out uncommon airstrikes in Lebanon on Friday, a pointy escalation that sparked fears of a broader battle after militants fired dozens of rockets from Lebanon into Israeli territory. Israel additionally continued bombarding the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli strikes on southern Lebanon — what analysts described as essentially the most severe border violence since Israel’s 2006 struggle with Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant group — threatened to push the confrontation right into a harmful new section following violence at one among Jerusalem’s holiest websites.

Though the Israeli army was fast to emphasise that its warplanes struck websites belonging to solely Palestinian militant teams, the barrage dangers drawing in Israel’s bitter foe Hezbollah, which controls a lot of southern Lebanon and has prior to now portrayed itself as a defender of the Palestinians and the contested metropolis of Jerusalem. The Israeli army stated that it held Lebanon accountable for the assaults originating from its territory.

Israeli missiles struck an open subject close to the Palestinian refugee camp of Rashidiyeh, near the coastal southern metropolis of Tyre, in keeping with an Related Press photographer. Different strikes hit a small bridge and energy transformer within the close by city of Maaliya and a flock of sheep within the city of Qalili, on the outskirts of the Palestinian camp. A number of sheep had been killed and residents of the city, together with Syrian refugees, reported minor accidents.

‘“I used to be sleeping and all of a sudden I couldn’t really feel something besides the affect,” stated Qalili resident Majid Abdelsattar. The strikes, he stated, broken his dad and mom’ home and the household’s citrus orchard. The Lebanese army stated it discovered one other rocket launcher Friday after dismantling a number of the day earlier than.

The Israeli army stated its strikes hit principally what it described as Hamas militant infrastructure in Lebanon and Gaza.

The Israeli airstrikes got here in response to an unusually giant barrage of rockets from Lebanon after Israeli police raids on the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem spiraled into unrest and sparked outrage within the Arab world. The holy website, a tinderbox for Israeli-Palestinian tensions, sits on a hilltop sacred to each Muslims and Jews. In 2021, an escalation additionally triggered by clashes on the Al-Aqsa compound spilled over into an 11-day struggle between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers.

On Friday, violence once more broke out on the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. Chaos erupted at one of many entrances to the esplanade earlier than daybreak prayers on Friday as Israeli police wielding batons descended on crowds of Palestinian worshippers, who chanted slogans praising Hamas as they tried to squeeze into the positioning. An hour later, in keeping with movies, individuals leaving the prayers staged an unlimited protest on the limestone courtyard, with Palestinians elevating their fists and shouting in help of Hamas rocket hearth, and Israeli police pressured their means into the compound.

Police didn’t touch upon the sooner beatings, however stated safety forces entered the holy compound after prayers in response to “masked suspects” who threw rocks towards officers at one of many gates.

The scenes of Israeli police beating and dispersing Palestinians — and an hour later, coming into the plaza itself in power — might additional inflame tensions through the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a time of heightened non secular fervor.

The Israeli army stated it was clear that either side wished to keep away from a full-blown battle. “Quiet will probably be answered with quiet,” Lt. Col. Richard Hecht, a spokesman for the Israeli army advised reporters early Friday. However, he added, “All our eyes are actually on Jerusalem.”

The Israeli army stated on Friday that Palestinian militants in Gaza had up to now fired 44 rockets from Gaza, solely 23 of which crossed into Israeli territory. The others both did not launch, fell into the Mediterranean Sea, or had been intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome aerial protection system, the army stated. Most missiles struck open areas in Israel’s south, however one landed within the city of Sderot, damaging a home. There have been no Israeli casualties.

The Israeli army stated it pounded Gaza with extra airstrikes on Friday, hitting 10 targets that it described as tunnel infrastructure, together with weapons manufacturing and growth websites belonging largely to the Hamas militant group. There have been no speedy stories of casualties in Gaza, however the Palestinian Well being Ministry stated that one of many strikes prompted some harm to a kids’s hospital in Gaza Metropolis.

“This isn’t the primary time that well being amenities have been focused, and it’s unacceptable,” the ministry stated of the harm to Al Dorra Pediatric Hospital.

Hecht added that the army was wanting into the stories of injury to the hospital.

The present spherical of violence started Wednesday after Israeli police twice raided the Al-Aqsa Mosque. That led Thursday to rocket hearth from Gaza and, in a major escalation, the barrage from Lebanon.

“Israel’s response, tonight and past, will extract a heavy value from our enemies,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated after his Safety Cupboard assembly late Thursday.

Tensions have simmered alongside the Lebanese border in latest weeks as Israel seems to have ratcheted up its shadow struggle towards Iranian-linked targets in Syria, one other shut ally of Iran, Israel’s archenemy within the area.

Suspected Israeli airstrikes in Syria in latest weeks have killed two Iranian army advisers and quickly put the nation’s two largest airports out of service. Hecht, the army spokesman, stated Thursday’s rocket hearth was not believed to be related to occasions in Syria.

“It’s Hamas-dominant,” Hecht stated, referring to the targets of the Israeli airstrikes each in Lebanon and Gaza.

In Jerusalem, whilst calm returned to at Al-Aqsa a number of hours after the burst of violence, the scenario remained tense forward of noon Friday prayers.

For the earlier two nights, Palestinians have barricaded themselves within the mosque with stones and firecrackers. Israeli police have fired stun grenades and rubber bullets to evict the worshippers. On Tuesday, Israeli police fiercely beat Palestinians and arrested over 400 individuals, stoking rage throughout Arab cities in Israel, the occupied West Financial institution and the Gaza Strip.

Israeli authorities management entry to the positioning, however the compound is run by Islamic and Jordanian officers.

Related Press author Abby Sewell in Beirut contributed to this report.

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JERUSALEM — Israel carried out uncommon airstrikes in Lebanon on Friday, a pointy escalation that sparked fears of a broader battle after militants fired dozens of rockets from Lebanon into Israeli territory. Israel additionally continued bombarding the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli strikes on southern Lebanon — what analysts described as essentially the most severe border violence since Israel’s 2006 struggle with Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant group — threatened to push the confrontation right into a harmful new section following violence at one among Jerusalem’s holiest websites.

Though the Israeli army was fast to emphasise that its warplanes struck websites belonging to solely Palestinian militant teams, the barrage dangers drawing in Israel’s bitter foe Hezbollah, which controls a lot of southern Lebanon and has prior to now portrayed itself as a defender of the Palestinians and the contested metropolis of Jerusalem. The Israeli army stated that it held Lebanon accountable for the assaults originating from its territory.

Israeli missiles struck an open subject close to the Palestinian refugee camp of Rashidiyeh, near the coastal southern metropolis of Tyre, in keeping with an Related Press photographer. Different strikes hit a small bridge and energy transformer within the close by city of Maaliya and a flock of sheep within the city of Qalili, on the outskirts of the Palestinian camp. A number of sheep had been killed and residents of the city, together with Syrian refugees, reported minor accidents.

‘“I used to be sleeping and all of a sudden I couldn’t really feel something besides the affect,” stated Qalili resident Majid Abdelsattar. The strikes, he stated, broken his dad and mom’ home and the household’s citrus orchard. The Lebanese army stated it discovered one other rocket launcher Friday after dismantling a number of the day earlier than.

The Israeli army stated its strikes hit principally what it described as Hamas militant infrastructure in Lebanon and Gaza.

The Israeli airstrikes got here in response to an unusually giant barrage of rockets from Lebanon after Israeli police raids on the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem spiraled into unrest and sparked outrage within the Arab world. The holy website, a tinderbox for Israeli-Palestinian tensions, sits on a hilltop sacred to each Muslims and Jews. In 2021, an escalation additionally triggered by clashes on the Al-Aqsa compound spilled over into an 11-day struggle between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers.

On Friday, violence once more broke out on the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. Chaos erupted at one of many entrances to the esplanade earlier than daybreak prayers on Friday as Israeli police wielding batons descended on crowds of Palestinian worshippers, who chanted slogans praising Hamas as they tried to squeeze into the positioning. An hour later, in keeping with movies, individuals leaving the prayers staged an unlimited protest on the limestone courtyard, with Palestinians elevating their fists and shouting in help of Hamas rocket hearth, and Israeli police pressured their means into the compound.

Police didn’t touch upon the sooner beatings, however stated safety forces entered the holy compound after prayers in response to “masked suspects” who threw rocks towards officers at one of many gates.

The scenes of Israeli police beating and dispersing Palestinians — and an hour later, coming into the plaza itself in power — might additional inflame tensions through the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a time of heightened non secular fervor.

The Israeli army stated it was clear that either side wished to keep away from a full-blown battle. “Quiet will probably be answered with quiet,” Lt. Col. Richard Hecht, a spokesman for the Israeli army advised reporters early Friday. However, he added, “All our eyes are actually on Jerusalem.”

The Israeli army stated on Friday that Palestinian militants in Gaza had up to now fired 44 rockets from Gaza, solely 23 of which crossed into Israeli territory. The others both did not launch, fell into the Mediterranean Sea, or had been intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome aerial protection system, the army stated. Most missiles struck open areas in Israel’s south, however one landed within the city of Sderot, damaging a home. There have been no Israeli casualties.

The Israeli army stated it pounded Gaza with extra airstrikes on Friday, hitting 10 targets that it described as tunnel infrastructure, together with weapons manufacturing and growth websites belonging largely to the Hamas militant group. There have been no speedy stories of casualties in Gaza, however the Palestinian Well being Ministry stated that one of many strikes prompted some harm to a kids’s hospital in Gaza Metropolis.

“This isn’t the primary time that well being amenities have been focused, and it’s unacceptable,” the ministry stated of the harm to Al Dorra Pediatric Hospital.

Hecht added that the army was wanting into the stories of injury to the hospital.

The present spherical of violence started Wednesday after Israeli police twice raided the Al-Aqsa Mosque. That led Thursday to rocket hearth from Gaza and, in a major escalation, the barrage from Lebanon.

“Israel’s response, tonight and past, will extract a heavy value from our enemies,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated after his Safety Cupboard assembly late Thursday.

Tensions have simmered alongside the Lebanese border in latest weeks as Israel seems to have ratcheted up its shadow struggle towards Iranian-linked targets in Syria, one other shut ally of Iran, Israel’s archenemy within the area.

Suspected Israeli airstrikes in Syria in latest weeks have killed two Iranian army advisers and quickly put the nation’s two largest airports out of service. Hecht, the army spokesman, stated Thursday’s rocket hearth was not believed to be related to occasions in Syria.

“It’s Hamas-dominant,” Hecht stated, referring to the targets of the Israeli airstrikes each in Lebanon and Gaza.

In Jerusalem, whilst calm returned to at Al-Aqsa a number of hours after the burst of violence, the scenario remained tense forward of noon Friday prayers.

For the earlier two nights, Palestinians have barricaded themselves within the mosque with stones and firecrackers. Israeli police have fired stun grenades and rubber bullets to evict the worshippers. On Tuesday, Israeli police fiercely beat Palestinians and arrested over 400 individuals, stoking rage throughout Arab cities in Israel, the occupied West Financial institution and the Gaza Strip.

Israeli authorities management entry to the positioning, however the compound is run by Islamic and Jordanian officers.

Related Press author Abby Sewell in Beirut contributed to this report.

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JERUSALEM — Israel carried out uncommon airstrikes in Lebanon on Friday, a pointy escalation that sparked fears of a broader battle after militants fired dozens of rockets from Lebanon into Israeli territory. Israel additionally continued bombarding the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli strikes on southern Lebanon — what analysts described as essentially the most severe border violence since Israel’s 2006 struggle with Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant group — threatened to push the confrontation right into a harmful new section following violence at one among Jerusalem’s holiest websites.

Though the Israeli army was fast to emphasise that its warplanes struck websites belonging to solely Palestinian militant teams, the barrage dangers drawing in Israel’s bitter foe Hezbollah, which controls a lot of southern Lebanon and has prior to now portrayed itself as a defender of the Palestinians and the contested metropolis of Jerusalem. The Israeli army stated that it held Lebanon accountable for the assaults originating from its territory.

Israeli missiles struck an open subject close to the Palestinian refugee camp of Rashidiyeh, near the coastal southern metropolis of Tyre, in keeping with an Related Press photographer. Different strikes hit a small bridge and energy transformer within the close by city of Maaliya and a flock of sheep within the city of Qalili, on the outskirts of the Palestinian camp. A number of sheep had been killed and residents of the city, together with Syrian refugees, reported minor accidents.

‘“I used to be sleeping and all of a sudden I couldn’t really feel something besides the affect,” stated Qalili resident Majid Abdelsattar. The strikes, he stated, broken his dad and mom’ home and the household’s citrus orchard. The Lebanese army stated it discovered one other rocket launcher Friday after dismantling a number of the day earlier than.

The Israeli army stated its strikes hit principally what it described as Hamas militant infrastructure in Lebanon and Gaza.

The Israeli airstrikes got here in response to an unusually giant barrage of rockets from Lebanon after Israeli police raids on the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem spiraled into unrest and sparked outrage within the Arab world. The holy website, a tinderbox for Israeli-Palestinian tensions, sits on a hilltop sacred to each Muslims and Jews. In 2021, an escalation additionally triggered by clashes on the Al-Aqsa compound spilled over into an 11-day struggle between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers.

On Friday, violence once more broke out on the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. Chaos erupted at one of many entrances to the esplanade earlier than daybreak prayers on Friday as Israeli police wielding batons descended on crowds of Palestinian worshippers, who chanted slogans praising Hamas as they tried to squeeze into the positioning. An hour later, in keeping with movies, individuals leaving the prayers staged an unlimited protest on the limestone courtyard, with Palestinians elevating their fists and shouting in help of Hamas rocket hearth, and Israeli police pressured their means into the compound.

Police didn’t touch upon the sooner beatings, however stated safety forces entered the holy compound after prayers in response to “masked suspects” who threw rocks towards officers at one of many gates.

The scenes of Israeli police beating and dispersing Palestinians — and an hour later, coming into the plaza itself in power — might additional inflame tensions through the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a time of heightened non secular fervor.

The Israeli army stated it was clear that either side wished to keep away from a full-blown battle. “Quiet will probably be answered with quiet,” Lt. Col. Richard Hecht, a spokesman for the Israeli army advised reporters early Friday. However, he added, “All our eyes are actually on Jerusalem.”

The Israeli army stated on Friday that Palestinian militants in Gaza had up to now fired 44 rockets from Gaza, solely 23 of which crossed into Israeli territory. The others both did not launch, fell into the Mediterranean Sea, or had been intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome aerial protection system, the army stated. Most missiles struck open areas in Israel’s south, however one landed within the city of Sderot, damaging a home. There have been no Israeli casualties.

The Israeli army stated it pounded Gaza with extra airstrikes on Friday, hitting 10 targets that it described as tunnel infrastructure, together with weapons manufacturing and growth websites belonging largely to the Hamas militant group. There have been no speedy stories of casualties in Gaza, however the Palestinian Well being Ministry stated that one of many strikes prompted some harm to a kids’s hospital in Gaza Metropolis.

“This isn’t the primary time that well being amenities have been focused, and it’s unacceptable,” the ministry stated of the harm to Al Dorra Pediatric Hospital.

Hecht added that the army was wanting into the stories of injury to the hospital.

The present spherical of violence started Wednesday after Israeli police twice raided the Al-Aqsa Mosque. That led Thursday to rocket hearth from Gaza and, in a major escalation, the barrage from Lebanon.

“Israel’s response, tonight and past, will extract a heavy value from our enemies,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated after his Safety Cupboard assembly late Thursday.

Tensions have simmered alongside the Lebanese border in latest weeks as Israel seems to have ratcheted up its shadow struggle towards Iranian-linked targets in Syria, one other shut ally of Iran, Israel’s archenemy within the area.

Suspected Israeli airstrikes in Syria in latest weeks have killed two Iranian army advisers and quickly put the nation’s two largest airports out of service. Hecht, the army spokesman, stated Thursday’s rocket hearth was not believed to be related to occasions in Syria.

“It’s Hamas-dominant,” Hecht stated, referring to the targets of the Israeli airstrikes each in Lebanon and Gaza.

In Jerusalem, whilst calm returned to at Al-Aqsa a number of hours after the burst of violence, the scenario remained tense forward of noon Friday prayers.

For the earlier two nights, Palestinians have barricaded themselves within the mosque with stones and firecrackers. Israeli police have fired stun grenades and rubber bullets to evict the worshippers. On Tuesday, Israeli police fiercely beat Palestinians and arrested over 400 individuals, stoking rage throughout Arab cities in Israel, the occupied West Financial institution and the Gaza Strip.

Israeli authorities management entry to the positioning, however the compound is run by Islamic and Jordanian officers.

Related Press author Abby Sewell in Beirut contributed to this report.

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