Death toll surges on second day of Israel-Gaza violence

Cheryl Sanders
November 14, 2019

The woman numbers among dozens of Israeli civilians injured since Palestinian terrorists in Gaza led by Islamic Jihad began a rocket onslaught on Tuesday morning.

Police sappers remove fragments of a rocket fired from Gaza that was intercepted by an Iron Dome missile, which landed in a street in the city of Ashdod on November 13, 2019.

The situation escalated in Gaza early on Tuesday after an Israeli airstrike killed Bahaa Abu al-Atta, the commander of resistance group Islamic Jihad, as well as his wife Asmaa Abu al-Atta.

There have been no Israeli deaths, though damage has been caused and one rocket narrowly missed cars on a busy highway.

According to Israel, Ata was responsible for rocket fire at Israel as well as other attacks and was planning more violence, with the military calling him a "ticking bomb".

Israeli medics said they treated 48 people with light wounds, while schools were closed in areas near the Gaza border for a second day running. A seven-year-old boy and two teenagers were also killed, the ministry said. Should a truce not be agreed, he said, "the (Islamic Jihad armed wing) Jerusalem Brigades is able to manage the battle, and for a long time".

Islamic Jihad spokesman Musab al-Barayem said the group was not interested in mediation for now as it retaliated over the killing of one of its commanders.

"We believe that PIJ is on its own", the sources told al-Hayat.

Al-Nakhala said the group's "simple and humble" demands were: an end to assassinations of terror leaders in Gaza and the West Bank; IDF troops not firing at innocent civilians at Friday border protests; and Israel abiding by the understandings regarding Gaza reached in Cairo during previous ceasefire negotiations.

The UN's special coordinator for the Middle East peace process said on Wednesday that ongoing escalations undermined efforts to improve socio-economic conditions in Gaza.

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