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Israeli warplanes continued to attack Gaza on Tuesday and rocket fire on Israel resumed after a brief lull as Palestinian protesters took to the streets in West Bank cities and elsewhere.

(Video) Israeli military unleashes another heavy wave of airstrikes on Gaza Strip

Thousands of people demonstrated Tuesday in several West Bank cities, including Ramallah and Hebron, after several Palestinian groups, including Hamas militants in Gaza and West Bank Fatah, called for mass attacks.

"The first priority for the Palestinian political leadership now is to get Israel to stop its crimes and massacres against our people in Gaza," said Wasel Abu Yousef, a member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in Ramallah. on CNN on Tuesday.

Israel imposed a partial shutdown of the West Bank on Tuesday, an Israeli security source told CNN, and only Palestinian men over the age of 45 and construction workers with work permits are allowed into Israel.

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Palestinians protest against Israeli attacks in Hebron in the West Bank on May 18.

Israeli airstrikes continued overnight into Tuesday. The Israel Defense Forces said the fighter jets hit nine rocket launch sites in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, as well as a tunnel system in the north of the Gaza Strip, several residences of Hamas commanders and an anti-tank commando in the Gaza city.

The Hamas-led Health Ministry in Gaza said 217 people, including 63 children, were killed and 1,500 others injured in the ongoing violence. More than 58,000 people are considered internally displaced, many of whom are finding shelter in dozens of schools, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Israel briefly allowed international aid trucks into the Gaza Strip for the first time since the conflict broke out last week, but Israeli authorities prevented aid trucks from entering the Gaza Strip in response to mortar fire at two border crossings.

Monday night and early Tuesday brought a brief lull in southern Israel due to militant missiles. The Israeli Defense Forces reported no warning sirens overnight, the first time Israel has spent a night without rocket fire from Gaza in a week.

Attacks resumed on Tuesday when two civilians were killed by a mortar shell at an agricultural packaging factory on the Israeli side of the Gaza border, bringing the total death toll in Israel to 12 since violence erupted -- more than a week. Sirens also sounded again in Ashkelon and other cities on Tuesday, prompting residents to once again flee to emergency shelters.

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A woman runs to a shelter in Ashdod, Israel, after sirens warned of rocket fire from the Gaza Strip on Monday.

Now in its second week, this is the deadliest Israeli-Palestinian confrontation since the two sides went to war in 2014.

On Tuesday, after a visit to the Israeli air base in Hatzerim, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said operations would continue "to the extent necessary to restore peace to the citizens of Israel."

Regarding Israel's attacks on Hamas and Islamic Jihad, Netanyahu said, "I have no doubt that we have been recovering from them for many years."

"I'm sure all our enemies around us see the price we pay for aggression against us and I'm sure they will learn the lesson too," he added.

At dawn the IDF demolished an office building near Gaza. The tower was warned in advance that it would be attacked, witnesses said, and there were no reports of casualties. Israel has not commented on the incident.

The destroyed building was part of several pieces of infrastructure used by civilians who were fired upon by the IDF. Israel has repeatedly accused Hamas of "deliberately" operating near buildings such as hospitals and schools, endangering civilians who risk becoming human shields.

A battery for Israel's Iron Dome defense system is seen near Beit Hillel, Israel, in 2019. Jalaa Marey/AFP/Getty Images Israel's Iron Dome doesn't target every missile it sees

Over the weekend, Israeli forces demolished a building housing the offices of international media Al Jazeera and The Associated Press, claiming it houses Hamas military intelligence. Hamas has denied this accusation.

Dozens of Israeli planes bombed more than 14 kilometers of Hamas' tunnel system in Gaza from Sunday night into Monday morning and on Monday attacked 14 homes the Israeli army said belonged to commanders of the Palestinian militant group.

Hamas officials and videos from the ground showed a Gaza City health clinic damaged by an Israeli airstrike on a nearby target, with windows shattered. Gaza's Health Ministry said the clinic is one of its main coronavirus testing centers.

The ministry previously warned that the destruction of medical facilities could lead to an increase in Covid-19 cases, as those fleeing to emergency shelters would be "exposed to the spread of infectious diseases, particularly the threat of the spread of the coronavirus".

An IDF spokesman told CNN on Tuesday that it had attacked the main operations center of Hamas' internal security forces in the Rimal district and that the building is near the clinic.

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Palestinians inspect a destroyed building that housed media offices in Gaza City on Friday, May 21. It was hit by an Israeli airstrike earlier in the week.

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An Israeli soldier sits on a tank on a platform near the Gaza border on May 21. It was after a ceasefire agreement was announced.

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A Palestinian family returns to their home in Gaza City on May 21.

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Palestinians in Gaza City celebrate the ceasefire agreement on May 21.

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A young man looks out of a bedroom window where an unexploded Israeli missile landed in Khan Yunis, Gaza, on Thursday May 20.

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German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (right) listens to his Israeli counterpart Gabi Ashkenazi (centre) visiting a building hit by a rocket in Petah Tikva, Israel.

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Israelis take shelter on the steps of their apartment building in Ashdod, Israel, as a siren sounds on Wednesday May 19 to warn of missiles coming from the Gaza Strip.

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Israelis gather outside the prime minister's office in Jerusalem to demand the release of Israeli soldiers and civilians arrested by Hamas in Gaza on May 19.

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Relatives of Palestinian Mahmoud Shtawi, 19, react during his funeral in Gaza City May 19. Died in an Israeli airstrike.

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A Palestinian clash with Israeli forces at Checkpoint Hawara south of the West Bank city of Nablus on Tuesday, May 18.

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Firefighters work to put out a bonfire in Rafah, Gaza, after it was hit by an Israeli airstrike on May 18.

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Members of the Israeli security forces patrol the critical neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah in east Jerusalem during Palestinian protests May 18.

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Explosions are seen over buildings in Gaza City as Israeli forces attack targets early May 18.

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A woman in Ashdod, Israel, takes her dog and runs for cover after sirens wailed from rockets being fired from Gaza. It was near where an earlier missile landed.

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Palestinian mourners carry the body of Obaida Jawabreh, who was killed in clashes with Israeli forces, during her funeral in the West Bank's Al-Arrub refugee camp May 18.

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An Israeli artillery unit fires on Gaza on May 18.

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Palestinian firefighters extinguished a fire at the Foamco mattress factory Monday, May 17, after an Israeli airstrike east of Jabalia, Gaza.

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A woman reacts in her kitchen May 17 after a rocket from Gaza hit her building in Ashdod, Israel.

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Israeli soldiers take cover near the Gaza border as a siren warns them of rocket attacks on May 17.

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Children salvage toys from their home in Gaza City's Al Jawhara Tower, which was badly damaged by Israeli airstrikes.

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Palestinian rescuers pull a survivor from the rubble of a building destroyed by an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City on Sunday May 16.

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This photo shows the scene of an alleged car crash in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of east Jerusalem on May 16. Six were injured; the driver was shot.

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In the background, Israel's Iron Dome air defense system intercepts rockets fired at southern Israel by Hamas militants on May 16.

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A fireball erupts from the Jala'a Tower, which houses the Associated Press, Al Jazeera and other media offices as isdestroyed by an Israeli airstrikein Gaza City on Saturday, March 15.

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Relatives mourn the bodies of the Abu Khatab family, who were killed in an Israeli airstrike on May 15 in the Shifa Hospital morgue in Gaza City.

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A nurse holds an injured baby at Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City May 15. The baby was carried alive from a building destroyed by an Israeli airstrike that killed 10 of the child's family members.

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Members of the Israeli emergency services work at a site in Ramat Gan near Tel Aviv after a rocket fired from Gaza hit the area.

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A siren sounds missile alert as people take refuge in an emergency shelter in Ramat Gan, Israel, May 15.

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Rachel El-Gazar enters her damaged home in Sderot, Israel, after a rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip on May 15.

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A Palestinian protester throws flares during clashes with Israeli soldiers in Hebron in the West Bank May 14.

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A Palestinian woman reacts May 14 amid damage caused by Israeli airstrikes in Beit Hanoun, Gaza.

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Israeli soldiers prepare an artillery unit in Sderot, Israel, near the Gaza border on May 14.

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A man in Ashkelon, Israel, sees a damaged car and building hit by a rocket fired from Gaza.

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Palestinians flee to a UN school in Gaza City on May 13.

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Julianna Sror sees damage to her home May 13 after it was hit by a rocket in Petah Tikva, Israel.

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A Palestinian walks past a building destroyed by Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City May 13.

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Israeli soldiers fire a self-propelled howitzer into Gaza from their position near the southern Israeli city of Sderot on May 13.

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Israeli security forces arrested a Palestinian in front of the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City on May 13.

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Muslims perform the Eid al-Fitr morning prayer, which marks the end of Eid al-Fitrholy month of fasting ramadan,at the Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem on May 13.

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A passenger carries his luggage at the almost deserted Ben Gurion airport in Lod, Israel on May 13.Flight cancellation to Israelwith intensifying clashes between the country's military and Palestinian militants.

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Mourners surround the body of Lea Yom Tov, an Israeli woman who was killed in a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip on May 12 during her funeral in Rishon LeZion, Israel.

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Torah scrolls, the Jewish scriptures, were taken from a synagogue that was burned down May 12 during clashes between protesters and police in Lod, Israel.

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An aerial photograph taken on May 12 shows the remains of a Gaza City tower destroyed in Israeli airstrikes.

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An Israeli firefighter extinguishes a burning bus in Holon, Israel, after it was hit by a rocket fired from Gaza on May 11.

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(Video) Israeli warplanes attack several locations across Gaza City on Monday

A stun grenade fired by Israeli forces explodes as Palestinians take part in an anti-Israel protest in Hebron in the West Bank on May 11.

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A streak of light can be seen from Ashkelon, Israel, as Israel's Iron Dome system intercepts rockets fired from Gaza on May 11.

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Palestinians inspect the rubble of the Hanadi Tower, destroyed May 11 after an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City.

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A damaged house is shown in a residential area in Ashkelon, Israel May 11 after rockets were fired from Gaza.

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Palestinian children inspect a room in the al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza City that was damaged after an Israeli airstrike on May 11.

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Israeli firefighters take cover in Ashkelon as a siren warns of incoming missiles May 11.

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Palestinians search for survivors under the rubble of a collapsed roof after a residential building in the Shate refugee camp in Gaza City was hit by Israeli airstrikes on May 11.

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The mother of 11-year-old Palestinian man Hussain Hamad is comforted by mourners during his funeral May 11 in Beit Hanoun, Gaza. The boy died in a fire between Israel and Gaza.

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An Israeli soldier checks a damaged apartment building in Ashkelon on May 11.

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Flames and smoke billow from buildings in the southern Gaza Strip during Israeli airstrikes on May 11.

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Israeli rescuers help residents of a neighborhood in Ashkelon on May 11.

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On May 10, clashes erupted between Palestinians and Israeli security forces on the grounds of the Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem's Old City.

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Israelis take part in the annual Jerusalem Day march on May 10, which marks the reunification of Jerusalem after Israel captured the eastern part of the city from Jordan in the 1967 Six-Day War.

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Palestinians are seen clashing with Israeli police at the Aqsa Mosque compound on May 10.

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Israeli police detain a Palestinian during clashes at Aqsa Mosque on May 10.

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A Palestinian flees tear gas during clashes with Israeli security forces at the compound of the Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem's Old City on May 10.

In pictures: Israelis and Palestinians face violence for days

Protests erupted in several cities as Israel continued to fire airstrikes from Gaza on Tuesday.

Thousands raised the Palestinian flag and shouted in support of Gaza at a rally in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Some of the protesters burned tires and there were some clashes with Israeli forces near a checkpoint, Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, President of the Palestinian National Initiative, who attended the demonstration.

Thousands of women and children also took part in a demonstration in Al-Bireh, north of Ramallah. Some protesters could be heard chanting: "One hand sows collaborators, the other sows liberty, cover the martyrs with flags, neither peace nor surrender."

A 30-year-old protester in Al-Bireh told CNN that they "will take to the streets until we can end the humiliation and outrage we are going through."

At another protest in East Jerusalem, George Zeidan, co-founder of Right to Movement Palestine, complained about restrictions on "our movement when we cross the border and go back and forth between families, go to school, go to work, go jogging, to a party." ."

"No matter what we do, we always face Israeli army oppression," he added.

"Like apartheid in South Africa, this has to end," protester Tawfeek Haddad told CNN. "The Palestinians will not be second-class citizens, nor will they be forced out of their place."

The government of Israel has previously rejected this settlement. In April, the country's foreign ministry called a report by Human Rights Watch "absurd and false" after accusing the Israeli government of committing apartheid crimes.

A 25-year-old Palestinian man was killed and two Israeli soldiers injured in a fight in Ramallah, according to West Bank and IDF health officials.

The IDF said it returned live fire at its position, resulting in two soldiers being wounded in the legs.

ceasefire proposals

Attempts to broker a ceasefire between Israel and militants in Gaza have so far proved difficult.

Chancellor Angela Merkel held talks with Jordan's King Abdullah II on Tuesday; Both leaders backed efforts to reach a ceasefire, Merkel's spokesman said.

US President Joe Biden expressed his support for a ceasefire during a phone call with Netanyahu on Monday and "discussed US commitments to Egypt and other partners to that end," according to a White House description of the call.

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on COVID vaccines in the South Court Auditorium of the White House on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Evan Vucci/AP Biden, working with Israeli PM, has expressed support for ceasefire, White House says

Efforts by Egypt and Qatar to negotiate a ceasefire have stalled on two main issues, a senior Hamas leader with direct knowledge of mediation efforts told CNN on Sunday.

A stumbling block is Israel's insistence that Hamas initiate the ceasefire at least three hours before Israel, at which time Israel would do the same. Hamas categorically rejected the proposal, the Hamas leader said.

The Hamas source said the other stumbling block is Hamas' insistence that any ceasefire will mean an end to Israeli "provocations" at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem - Islam's third holiest site - and a situational solution in Sheikh Jarrah, a city in the east, must contain . Jerusalem, where several Palestinian families are at risk of eviction.

A pro-Jewish settler organization called Nahalat Shimon uses a 1970 law to argue that the pre-1948 landowners in question were Jewish families and therefore the current Palestinian landowners should be evicted and their property given to Israeli Jews.

Palestinians say Israel's restitution laws are unfair because they have no legal means to recover property they lost to Jewish families in the State of Israel in the late 1940s.

Andrew Carey, Amir Tal, Ben Wedeman, Mick Krever in Jerusalem, journalist Lauren Izso in Ashdod, Joshua Berlinger in Hong Kong, Tara John and Angela Dewan in London, Tamara Qiblawi in Beirut, Colin Ivory Meyer in Berlin, Eyad Kourdi in Gaziantep and Rashard Rose in Washington contributed to this report.

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Israel rarely comments on individual strikes but has acknowledged carrying out hundreds. It says its air campaign is necessary to stop arch-foe Iran gaining a foothold on its doorstep.

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Who owned Palestine first? ›

Palestine's Early Roots

Throughout history, Palestine has been ruled by numerous groups, including the Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Fatimids, Seljuk Turks, Crusaders, Egyptians and Mamelukes. From about 1517 to 1917, the Ottoman Empire ruled much of the region.

Does Russia support Palestine? ›

Russia continues to support the creation of a Palestinian State to achieve lasting peace in the Middle East. Palestine has separate governments in the Gaza Strip (Hamas) and the West Bank (Fatah) after a brief civil war in 2007.

Who supports Palestine? ›

Among the G20, nine countries (Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and Turkey) have recognized Palestine as a state while ten countries (Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the United States) have not.

Do Arabs have equal rights in Israel? ›

Under Israeli law, Arab residents of East Jerusalem and Druze residents of the Golan Heights (both Israeli-occupied territories) have the right to apply for Israeli citizenship, are entitled to municipal services, and have municipal voting rights; this status is upheld due to Israel's effective annexation of the former ...

What countries can you not go to if you go to Israel? ›

Lebanon is one of the strictest countries, denying entrance to anyone with an Israeli stamp in their passport. Other countries you should avoid entering if you have an Israeli stamp are Syria, Sudan, Iran, Yemen, Libya, Iraq, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

Is Bethlehem safe in 2022? ›

Local animosities in the region cause frequent violent outbreaks that threaten tourist safety. The cities of Jerusalem and Bethlehem are located in Israel's West Bank. Tourists must exercise extreme caution when visiting these cities and adhere to all security warnings posted by the Israeli government.

What are the top 3 religions in Israel? ›

The religious affiliation of the Israeli population as of 2019 was 74.2% Jewish, 17.8% Muslim, 2.0% Christian, and 1.6% Druze.

What are the 3 main religions in Israel? ›

About eight-in-ten (81%) Israeli adults are Jewish, while the remainder are mostly ethnically Arab and religiously Muslim (14%), Christian (2%) or Druze (2%).

What is the difference between Judaism and Christianity? ›

Christianity emphasizes faith in Jesus Christ, who gives grace, empowerment, and guidance for living the moral life. [2] Judaism teaches a life of holiness through performing mitzvot and emphasizes the importance of adhering to the Bible's standards of social justice as laid down by the Prophets.

How many Muslims are there in Israel? ›

At the end of 2021, the Moslem population of Israel was estimated at 1.707 million (18.1% of all residents) – an increase of 35,400 compared with the end of 2020. The annual growth rate of the Moslem population in 2021 was 2.1% (2.0% in 2020).

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