- Title: Gaza death toll rises on second day of cross-border fighting
- Date: 13th November 2019
- Summary: PEOPLE OUTSIDE MORGUE ROOM SIGN READING IN ARABIC: 'MORGUE' VARIOUS OF MEN OUTSIDE MORGUE GAZA CITY, GAZA (NOVEMBER 13, 2019) (REUTERS) CLOSED SCHOOL, EMPTY STREET EMPTY STREET SCHOOL DOOR CLOSED WITH LOCK CLOSED SCHOOL VARIOUS OF EMPTY STREET VARIOUS OF EMPTY MARKET, CLOSED SHOPS (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) GAZA RESIDENT, MOHAMMAD RAJAB, SAYING: "I think the situation is going towards war like in 2014. Still it is not clear in the coming hours the situation will become more clear." LOCK ON DOOR OF CLOSED SHOP VARIOUS OF CLOSED SHOPS EMPTY STREET CLOUD OF BLACK SMOKE SEEN OVER GAZA
- Embargoed: 27th November 2019 08:27
- Keywords: Israel Gaza violence aftermath morgue
- Location: GAZA CITY AND BEIT LAHIYA, GAZA
- City: GAZA CITY AND BEIT LAHIYA, GAZA
- Country: Palestinian Territories
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA002B5DDIKN
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES
Gaza death toll rose on the second day of cross-border fighting with Israel on Wednesday (November 13), as a spike in violence edged into a second day.
Schools across the coastal enclave were closed due to the fighting.
At a hospital in Beit Lahiya relatives of Palestinians killed by Israel on Tuesday (November 12) were waiting to take the bodies for burial.
The Israeli military said its forces targeted a Gaza crew preparing to launch rockets over the border. At least one man was killed. The Islamic Jihad militant faction identified him as a member of the group.
The worst fighting in months began on Tuesday, after Israel killed in Gaza a top commander of the Iran-backed Islamic Jihad, accusing him of masterminding recent attacks against Israel and planning more in the near future.
In response, Islamic Jihad gunmen fired about 200 rockets into Israel throughout the day. Further Israeli air strikes on the group's targets in Gaza killed eight Palestinians, seven of them militants, according to Palestinian sources.
However, it appeared that Hamas, the main militant group that rules Gaza, was staying out of the fighting for now. A diplomatic source told Reuters the U.N. Middle East envoy was on his way to Cairo to begin mediation to end the violence.
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