More than 1000 rockets have a now been fired by Palestinian militants over 38 hours, Israel said. Israel has carried out hundreds of air strikes destroying two tower blocks in Gaza on Tuesday and Wednesday. At least 43 Palestinians and six Israeli’s have been killed since Monday. That includes 13 Palestinian children caught up in the conflict. UN secretary-general Antonio Gutierrez said he was gravely concerned by the ongoing violence. An Israeli citizen was killed when an anti-tank guided missile, fired from the northern Gaza Strip, struck a jeep on the border. Three other people were injured.
The Gaza five members of one family were killed in an Israeli air strike. Streets are full of rubble where buildings have collapsed and cars have been left crushed or burned. Israeli Arabs have staged violent protests in a number of Israeli towns. Lode near Tel Aviv has been put under a state of emergency. The fate of the city, with its deep religious and national significance to both sides, lies at the heart of the decades old Israel Palestinian conflict. Israel in effect annexed East Jerusalem in 1980 and considers the entire city its capital, though this is not recognised by the vast majority of other countries. Palestinians claim the eastern half Jerusalem as the capital of a hope for state of their own.