/ 14 May 2021

Israel prepares to send troops to Gaza

Israel’s military began stationing troops at the border of the Gaza Strip yesterday as tensions continue to climb despite international calls for calm. Israeli troops last entered Gaza en masse during a 2-month war in 2014, when more than 2,200 Gazans were killed. PM Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to “continue acting to strike at the military capabilities of Hamas and the other terrorist groups active in the Gaza Strip”. The Palestinian Authority condemned Israel’s “military aggression”, saying it was “traumatising an already beleaguered population of 2 million people”. Militants in Gaza have fired more than 1,000 rockets into Israel since Monday, and Israel has responded with devastating airstrikes in Gaza. At least 83 Palestinians – including 17 children – and 7 Israelis have been killed so far. Clashes also continued overnight on the streets of several Israeli cities between Jewish and Arab Israelis, prompting Netanyahu to announce “more powers to the police” and enforce curfews “as needed”.

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