Why Israel attacking gaza ?

Why Israel attacking gaza ?


At least 21 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli air raids on the besieged Gaza Strip, according to the Palestinian health ministry, after Hamas launched rockets from the coastal territory towards Israel.

The attacks were carried out after Hamas fired several rockets at Israel, following the expiration of the group’s ultimatum demanding Israel stand down forces from the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem.

Earlier on Monday tensions at the compound, the third holiest in Islam which is also revered by Jews, escalated with more than 300 Palestinians wounded when Israeli police stormed the mosque, firing rubber bullets, stun grenades and tear gas.

According to Israel daily Haaretz, tensions between Israel Police and Palestinians began on 12 April when police put up blockades preventing people from sitting in the Damascus Gate plaza — the most popular public area during the month of Ramzan. Later on 16 April, the first Friday of Ramzan, Israel imposed a 10,000-person limit on prayers at Al-Aqsa mosque, turning away tens of thousands of Palestinians.

In the legal dispute, a key trigger for the recent unrest, Jewish settlers have been trying to evict Palestinians from their homes. In 1956, shortly after Israel won the first Arab-Israeli war, around 28 Palestinian families who lost their homes settled in Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem. At the time, the West Bank was under Jordan’s rule and it was the Jordanian government and the United Nations that helped provide and construct the land for the families. However, this process has been interrupted ever since the Israeli occupation of the West Bank in 1967.

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