r/MiddleEastNews - Eid festivities stop as Israel pounds Gaza

On Tuesday the Gaza Strip echoed to the sound of explosions as fighting between Israel and Hamas in contested Jerusalem escalated

Since Monday night, 26 Palestinians, including nine children and a woman, have been killed in Gaza, most by Israeli airstrikes, health officials said.

Eid preparations came to a halt on the largely empty streets as shops downed shutters and people stayed indoors.

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said: “As long as the Zionist aggression against our people continues, the Palestinian resistance, especially Hamas, will remain in a state of permanent clash with the occupation, which has made Jerusalem, Al-Aqsa, and the Gaza Strip a target and a scene for its crimes and violations.”



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