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Clashes escalate in the Middle East

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Clashes escalate in the Middle East


The night sky in Gaza has again been lit up as Israeli jets struck at least seven targets. It is reported five missiles were fired at Gaza’s now defunct airport and nearby tunnels. At least 12 were injured in the attacks. It is a continuing retaliatory show of force from the Israelis.

The response came a day after a Palestinian rocket attack on Israel killed a farm worker from Thailand. Israel says it holds Gaza’s Hamas rulers responsible.

The strikes in Gaza are further evidence of the escalating situation in the Middle East as the violence and demonstrations spread across the region.

Clashes broke out in different parts of the West Bank on Friday as youths hurled stones at soldiers who responded with tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets.

In the southern tip of Gaza hundreds of protesters marched chanting anti-Israel slogans, calling for people to rise in protest at the treatment of Palestinians in Jerusalem.

The latest clashes present another challenge to the quartet of international peace mediators meeting in Moscow and come as United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon prepares to visit Israel this weekend.

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