At least 28 Palestinians killed, scores injured in Israeli strikes: health ministry

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Israeli planes hit Gaza, rockets strike Israel for second day.
At least 28 Palestinians killed, including nine children; scores injured.
Most serious outbreak of fighting in area since 2019.
Amnesty International says Israel using ‘unlawful’ force; UN ‘deeply concerned’ over escalation in violence.
GAZA/JERUSALEM: Israeli planes fired missiles in the Palestinian territory, while militants in Gaza launched rocket barrages into Israel for a second day on Tuesday, as the toll from the violence against Palestinians rose to at least 28, including nine children.

The most serious outbreak of fighting between armed factions in Hamas-run Gaza and Israel since 2019 began with confrontations between Palestinians and Israeli police at Al Asqa Mosque in Jerusalem on Monday.

Israeli-Palestinian tensions have been high in the holy city during Ramadan, with sporadic clashes and possible evictions of Palestinians from homes claimed by Jewish settlers in a long-running court case adding to the friction.

A Palestinian official said Egypt, Qatar and the United Nations were trying to stem the escalating violence, amid international concern that events could spiral out of control.

The Gaza health ministry said at least 28 Palestinians, including nine children, had been killed and 122 wounded by Israeli strikes in the enclave of two million people since Hamas on Monday fired rockets towards Jerusalem for the first time since 2014.

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