What’s happening in Israel and the Palestinian territories today

Here's a quick catch-up on the tensions in the region. Check out the timeline and map for more information.


A Palestinian man inspects damage after an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City. (Mohammed Abed/Agence France-Presse via Getty Images)

Israel deployed troops to the Gaza Strip in response to an increase in rocket fire.

The Israeli army has been pounding the Palestinian territory after 30 rockets were launched from Gaza, according to Israel's estimates. Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, an Israeli army spokesman, told The Washington Post that 15 targets in Gaza were hit and that the hope was to see a "de-escalation of violence."

The Israeli army struck more than 15 Hamas targets in Gaza during the night. The strikes came in response to what the army said were more than 20 rockets fired into Israel since Wednesday. (Reuters)

This is some of the worst violence between the two sides in as many years.

After the death of a 16-year-old Palestinian in what many are calling a "revenge killing" in response to the slaying of three Israeli teens, street battles broke out between Palestinian protesters and Israeli security forces, with Palestinians hurling firebombs and stones and security forces using rubber bullets and tear gas.

After Israeli police discovered a body believed to be 16-year-old Palestinian Mohammed Abu Khudair, violent clashes broke out Wednesday between angry Palestinians and Israeli forces. (Reuters)

Seven Palestinians have been killed.

Almost 200 have been wounded and more than 400 arrested.

Israeli police have not determined whether the death of the Palestinian teen was a "nationalistic or a criminal act."

The body was badly burned, so the results of the postmortem remain inconclusive.

Both Israeli and Palestinian leaders are speaking out against the violence that has bubbled after the recent abductions and deaths of three Israeli teenagers and the death of one Palestinian teen. (Reuters)

Palestinian teen's funeral will take place tonight.

The funeral was reportedly delayed because of the postmortem examination.

Demonstrations against anti-Arab protests were held in Jerusalem.

In response to anti-Arab protests and attacks on Arabs by a Jewish mob Tuesday, hundreds gathered in Jerusalem to rally against the calls for revenge. Israel's chief rabbi, David Lau, also was in attendance and said vengeful acts could destabilize the region.

 

Swati Sharma is a digital editor for World and National Security and previously worked at the Boston Globe.
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