- Title: Gaza death toll rises on second day of cross-border fighting
- Date: 13th November 2019
- Summary: BEIT LAHIYA, GAZA (NOVEMBER 13, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF MAN COVERING BODIES AT MORGUE MAN CLOSING DOORS OF MORGUE
- 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: LVA001B5DDIKN
- 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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