Photos: Violence flares-up in Gaza as Israel and Hamas exchange fire

  • Hostilities between Israel and Hamas escalated on May 12, claiming at least 50 lives with 43 people in Gaza, including 13 children two Palestinians in the West Bank, and five Israelis killed in the most intensive aerial exchanges for years. Gazans' homes shook and the sky lit up from Israeli attacks, outgoing rockets and Israeli air defence missiles. Israelis ran for shelters or flattened themselves on pavements in communities more than 70 km up the coast and into southern Israel amid sounds of explosions as interceptor missiles streaked into the sky. The violence followed weeks of tension in Jerusalem during the Muslim fasting month of Ramzan, with clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian protesters in and around Al-Aqsa Mosque. These escalated in recent days ahead of a – now postponed - court hearing in a case that could end with Palestinian families evicted from East Jerusalem homes claimed by Jewish settlers.
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A fire rages at sunrise in Khan Yunish following an Israeli airstrike on targets in the southern Gaza strip, Palestine on May 12. Israel carried out hundreds of air strikes in Gaza into the morning on May 12 as the Islamist group Hamas and other Palestinian militants fired multiple rocket barrages over the border at Tel Aviv and the southern city of Beersheba, Reuters reported.(Youssef Massoud / AFP)

A fire rages at sunrise in Khan Yunish following an Israeli airstrike on targets in the southern Gaza strip, Palestine on May 12. Israel carried out hundreds of air strikes in Gaza into the morning on May 12 as the Islamist group Hamas and other Palestinian militants fired multiple rocket barrages over the border at Tel Aviv and the southern city of Beersheba, Reuters reported.(Youssef Massoud / AFP)

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A Palestinian woman looks at heavily-damaged buildings in Gaza City on May 12. At least 43 people have been killed in Gaza, two Palestinians in the West Bank and five in Israel in the most intense exchanges for years, AFP reported.(Mohammed Abed / AFP)

A Palestinian woman looks at heavily-damaged buildings in Gaza City on May 12. At least 43 people have been killed in Gaza, two Palestinians in the West Bank and five in Israel in the most intense exchanges for years, AFP reported.(Mohammed Abed / AFP)

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Smoke billows from an Israeli air strike on the Hanadi compound in Gaza City on May 11. In Gaza, one multi-story residential building, collapsed and another was heavily damaged after they were repeatedly hit by Israeli air strikes on May 12.(Mahmud Hams / AFP)

Smoke billows from an Israeli air strike on the Hanadi compound in Gaza City on May 11. In Gaza, one multi-story residential building, collapsed and another was heavily damaged after they were repeatedly hit by Israeli air strikes on May 12.(Mahmud Hams / AFP)

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A Palestinian man inspects the debris outside the heavily-damaged Al-Jawhara Tower in Gaza City on May 12. "Israel has gone crazy," one man on a Gaza street told Reuters as explosions rocked the city.(Mahmud Hams / AFP)

A Palestinian man inspects the debris outside the heavily-damaged Al-Jawhara Tower in Gaza City on May 12. "Israel has gone crazy," one man on a Gaza street told Reuters as explosions rocked the city.(Mahmud Hams / AFP)

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Palestinians look on as they inspect their residential building which was damaged in an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on May 12. Israel said its jets had targeted and killed several Hamas intelligence leaders early on May 12. Other strikes targeted what the military said were rocket launch sites, Hamas offices and the homes of Hamas leaders, Reuters reported.(Suhaib Salem / REUTERS)

Palestinians look on as they inspect their residential building which was damaged in an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on May 12. Israel said its jets had targeted and killed several Hamas intelligence leaders early on May 12. Other strikes targeted what the military said were rocket launch sites, Hamas offices and the homes of Hamas leaders, Reuters reported.(Suhaib Salem / REUTERS)

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Israelis take cover under a bridge at the entrance of the central city of Tel Aviv on May 11 after rockets were launched by Hamas from the Gaza Strip controlled by the Palestinian Hamas movement. Many Israelis also spent a sleepless night, with sirens sounding at 3 am in Tel Aviv, heralding several waves of rocket strikes in Israel's heartland.(Gil Cohen-Magen / AFP)

Israelis take cover under a bridge at the entrance of the central city of Tel Aviv on May 11 after rockets were launched by Hamas from the Gaza Strip controlled by the Palestinian Hamas movement. Many Israelis also spent a sleepless night, with sirens sounding at 3 am in Tel Aviv, heralding several waves of rocket strikes in Israel's heartland.(Gil Cohen-Magen / AFP)

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A large fire is seen near the scene of what officials said was a Gaza rocket attack on an Israeli energy pipeline near Ashkelon on May 11. This has been the heaviest offensive between Israel and Hamas since a 2014 war in the Hamas-ruled enclave, and prompted international concern that the situation could spiral out of control.(Amir Cohen / REUTERS)

A large fire is seen near the scene of what officials said was a Gaza rocket attack on an Israeli energy pipeline near Ashkelon on May 11. This has been the heaviest offensive between Israel and Hamas since a 2014 war in the Hamas-ruled enclave, and prompted international concern that the situation could spiral out of control.(Amir Cohen / REUTERS)

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Smoke rises after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City near Barcelona Park on May 12. "The children have escaped the coronavirus, and now a new trauma," one Israeli woman in the coastal city of Ashkelon said on Channel 11 television, Reuters reported.(Mohammed Abed / AFP)

Smoke rises after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City near Barcelona Park on May 12. "The children have escaped the coronavirus, and now a new trauma," one Israeli woman in the coastal city of Ashkelon said on Channel 11 television, Reuters reported.(Mohammed Abed / AFP)

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