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Fighting Between Israel and Hamas Abates Amongst Rising Calls for Truce

May 16, 2021

Cross-border clashes between the Palestinian terror groups and Israel seemed to abate early on Tuesday. No fatalities were reported in the city of Gaza, ever since the hostilities erupted into violence on the 10th of May. The number of long-range rocket attacks on Israeli towns and cities was also reported to have declined in number. 

On Monday, the President of the United States, Joe Biden, had made a call for a ceasefire but, it appeared to have gone unheard. The State of Israel declared that it will be pressing on indefinitely, or at least until it is successful in destroying the armed factions in Palestine. The rockets were continuously fired by the Islamic Jihad and Hamas terror groups which control the Palestinian land in Gaza. 

Many world powers, as well as the United States, have been consistently pushing the two countries to make peace and end the hostilities. This recent violent flare-up has occurred after years of peace, leading to the killing of more than 212 Palestinians. The figure includes 36 women and 61 children. Some even killed by terror rockets fired by Hamas that landed within Gaza.

On Tuesday, no casualties were reported in Israel. Up until now, ten citizens in the country have been killed, which include two children, due to the missile and rocket attacks from terror groups. 

Moreover, general work strikes had been carried out on Tuesday in the area of East Jerusalem, the West Bank, which is occupied by Israel, and various Arab towns within Israel. However, social media was filled with posts of the Palestinian flag and people encouraging solidarity from the sea to the river. 

Several Palestinian businesses located across East Jerusalem had to be shuttered. They were also shut down in Haifa, a mixed Arab-Jewish port city, and the walled Old City. It was further reported that the strike had led to the closure of around 90% of businesses located in different Arab neighborhoods. 

Just last Monday, a series of rocket assaults was started by the Hamas terror group. This happened after several weeks of tensions between Jews and the Muslims. Tensions further mounted after a court case resulted in the eviction of many Palestinian families, living in an area of East Jerusalem which was originally owned by Jewish families. Things escalated, even more, when Palestinian worshippers and Israeli Police authorities clashed near the Al-Aqsa Mosque. It is the third-holiest site in Islam and the skirmishes started out in the holy month of Ramadan. 

Many have deemed these attacks to be just an additional blow to the delicate cooperation and relations between Arabs and Jews. 

This is not the first time that an event has caused violent Arab-Jewish unrest within Israel. This fighting in Gaza is just another example of the two sides getting triggered by ongoing tensions and clashes. 

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