Funerals held in Gaza as Israel renews air raids

More than 20 Palestinians were killed in Israeli strikes on Gaza, while security forces continue to crack down on Palestinian worshippers in Jerusalem.

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On Tuesday morning, the Israeli military restarted its onslaught of the Gaza Strip, targeting several areas after rockets were fired from the enclave.

The new attacks came hours after at least 24 Palestinians, including nine children, were killed in overnight Israeli airstrikes on the strip after Hamas launched rockets from the coastal territory towards Israel, according to the health ministry in Gaza.

The rocket fire came after Hamas issued an ultimatum demanding Israel to stand down its security forces from the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem, after days of violence against Palestinians.

Israeli police stormed the compound on Monday for a third consecutive day, firing rubber-coated steel rounds, stun grenades, and tear gas at Palestinian worshippers inside the mosque in the final days of the holy month of Ramadan.

More than 700 Palestinians were hurt in Jerusalem and across the occupied West Bank over the past 24 hours. Funeral processions took place for 57-year-old Amira Abdel Fattah Subuh, and her son, 17-year-old Abdulrahman, who were killed when their home in the al-Shati refugee camp was struck on the edge of Gaza city.

“I bid farewell to the most precious person in my heart, my mother, and I ask God to have mercy on her,” Subuh’s son told a news agency.

Meanwhile, in northern Gaza, thousands gathered to mourn eight others who died overnight as a result of Israeli airstrikes, including a Hamas military commander.

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