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Newest: Israeli media say rocket hit empty college

JERUSALEM (AP) – The final on confrontations between Israelis and Palestinians (all native occasions):

2:01 p.m.

Israeli media reviews {that a} rocket struck an empty college within the coastal city of Ashkelon, not removed from the Gaza Strip.

Tv footage confirmed thick smoke rising from the automobiles that had caught on hearth.

The Israeli Dwelling Entrance Command ordered on Monday the closure of faculties within the space surrounding the Gaza Strip, together with Ashkelon. The transfer got here amid escalating pressure that has gripped the disputed Jerusalem for weeks.

Since Monday, Gaza militants have fired a whole bunch of rockets at Israel.

Israel retaliated. An airstrike hit a high-rise constructing in the course of Gaza Metropolis. Native media reported that Tuesday’s airstrike killed an unknown variety of militants inside.

The strike within the middle-class neighborhood of Rimal despatched terrified residents of the constructing to the streets. They included screaming girls and kids, a few of whom had been barefoot.

Earlier on Tuesday, Israel hit a skyscraper the place it stated a Hamas commander was hiding.

1:57 p.m.

An Egyptian intelligence official stated Egypt was engaged in “intensive” talks with militants in Israel and Gaza to attain a ceasefire to finish the most recent spherical of combating.

The official stated efforts started in late April because the scenario in Jerusalem worsened. He stated Israeli actions, together with the latest storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the deliberate evictions of Palestinian households from their properties in an East Jerusalem neighborhood, have pissed off mediators.

The official stated “the scenario is altering quickly,” however officers nonetheless hope to attain a truce earlier than the Muslim vacation of Eid al-Fitr later this week. Egypt incessantly acts as an middleman between Israel and Hamas.

The official spoke on situation of anonymity as a result of he was discussing ongoing diplomatic efforts.

-Samy Magdy in Cairo

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13:36

An Israeli airstrike struck one other high-rise constructing in the course of Gaza Metropolis.

Native media reported that Tuesday’s airstrike killed an unknown variety of militants inside.

However the airstrike within the middle-class neighborhood of Rimal despatched the terrified residents of the constructing to the streets. They included screaming girls and kids, a few of whom had been barefoot.

Earlier on Tuesday, Israel hit a skyscraper the place it stated a Hamas commander was hiding. Palestinian well being officers stated a lady and her disabled 19-year-old son had been killed. The destiny of the Hamas commander was not instantly recognized.

Since Monday, militants in Gaza have additionally fired a whole bunch of rockets at Israel.

The escalation of the battle was sparked by weeks of pressure in disputed Jerusalem.

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