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Deadly violence in Israel and Gaza raises concerns of war
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May 13, 2021 · 11:30 AM EDT
By The World staff
Mourners chant Islamic slogans while carrying the body of Awad Abu Selmiya, during a funeral of 13 Hamas militants outside a mosque in Gaza City, May 13, 2021.
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Israel carried out more airstrikes in Gaza, killing as many as 10 senior Hamas leaders and destroying a couple of high-rise buildings as the militant Hamas returned fire, sending a barrage of rockets at Israeli cities. Since Monday, 83 people have been killed in Gaza and seven in Israel. The fighting has triggered rioting in the streets and violent clashes between Arab and Jewish Israelis in several cities, with mobs destroying businesses, stoning cars and dragging people from vehicles and severely beating them.
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Damaged building are seen following Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City, May 12, 2021.
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Escalating violence in Israel and Gaza continues, with exchanges of rocket fire and airstrikes. Officials in the Gaza Strip say that at least 65 Palestinians were killed by Israeli airstrikes launched after the Palestinian militant group Hamas fired hundreds of rockets at Israeli towns, resulting in the death of six Israelis. And, the US is defying an international treaty that would classify used plastic as hazardous waste. Also, the number of days until the Tokyo Olympics are dwindling down. But the pressure to cancel them continues to increase.
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