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Photos: Predawn Israeli airstrikes kill dozens in Gaza as U.S. pushes for cease-fire

Israeli airstrikes targeted at several homes along a main road leading to Shifa Hospital in Gaza City early Sunday killed at least 42 people, including 10 children, authorities said, in what’s believed to be the single deadliest attack since the current round of violence between Israel and Hamas began last week. The U.N. Security Council met in open session to discuss the escalating crisis, which on Sunday trudged into its seventh day and has spilled over into mass protests in Israeli towns and in the West Bank. Diplomatic efforts by President Biden and U.S. regional allies to reach a cease-fire have not stopped the conflict.

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May 16

The Israeli Iron Dome missile defense system, left, intercepts rockets fired by Hamas from Beit Lahia in the Gaza Strip.

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May 16

Palestinian firefighters search for survivors and bodies under rubble in Gaza City.

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May 16

Israeli security forces inspect a damaged vehicle in Ashkelon following a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip.

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May 16

A woman reacts while standing near the rubble of a Gaza City building, destroyed by an Israeli airstrike, that housed the Associated Press, Al Jazeera and other media outlets.

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Adel Hana/AP

May 16

Palestinian demonstrators run near burning tires during a protest near Ramallah over tension in Jerusalem and the Israel-Gaza escalation.

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Ammar Awad/Reuters

May 16

Israelis take cover in Ashkelon as a siren sounds a warning of incoming rockets from the Gaza Strip.

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Heidi Levine/AP

May 16

People take pictures of a damaged synagogue in Ashkelon hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip.

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Tsafrir Abayov/AP

May 16

Israeli soldiers load ammunition onto an armored personal carrier at a staging ground near the Israeli-Gaza border.

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Tsafrir Abayov/AP

May 16

Palestinian civil defense teams search for survivors in the rubble of a destroyed house after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City.

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May 16

Mourners carry the the bodies of Palestinians, who were killed in overnight Israeli airstrikes that hit their homes, during a funeral in Gaza City.

Hatem Moussa

Hatem Moussa

Conflict spread through Israel and the Palestinian territories on Saturday as rockets bombarded Israeli cities, airstrikes shook Gaza, and communal strife and clashes gripped swaths of Israel and the West Bank. The continued violence came as Palestinians readied for mass demonstrations to commemorate the loss of homes when Israel was founded more than 70 years ago, raising the specter of further unrest.

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May 15

Fire erupts from a building housing various international media, including the Associated Press, after an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City.

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Mahmud Hams/AP

May 15

Palestinians look at destruction caused by Israeli airstrikes, which killed 10 members of the Abu Hatab family, in Gaza City.

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Khalil Hamra/AP

May 15

Members of Israeli security and emergency services work a site hit by a rocket in Ramat Gan near Tel Aviv following rocket launches from the Gaza Strip.

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May 15

Security forces and rescue teams on the scene in Ramat Gan after a rocket strike from the Gaza Strip.

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May 15

Members of Israeli security and emergency services work the scene of a rocket attack in Ramat Gan.

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May 15

An Israeli artillery unit fires toward targets in the Gaza Strip.

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Ariel Schalit/AP

May 15

Palestinian mourners cry during the funeral for Husam Asayra, 20, in the West Bank village of Asira al-Qibliya.

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Nasser Nasser/AP

May 15

A protester releases fireworks toward Israeli security forces amid clashes in Bethlehem following a demonstration against Israeli airstrikes on Gaza.

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Israel dramatically escalated its assault on the Gaza Strip early Friday with a combined air and artillery barrage aimed at destroying Hamas’s tunnel system, marking the addition of ground forces for the first time in the five-day battle and tipping the conflict closer to all-out war.

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May 14

Rockets light up the night sky as they are fired toward Israel from Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip.

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May 14

Palestinians inspect their destroyed houses following overnight Israeli airstrikes in the town of Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip.

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Khalil Hamra/AP

May 14

Palestinians, taking refuge at a U.N. school after fleeing their homes, run in the school's courtyard during an Israeli strike on the Gaza Strip.

May 14

A Palestinian boy pulls a cart carrying his brother and their belongings as they flee their home near the site of a tower building destroyed in earlier strikes in Gaza City.

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Mohammed Salem/Reuters

May 14

A Palestinian woman collects her belongings inside her heavily damaged house in the aftermath of Israeli air and artillery strikes in the northern Gaza Strip.

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MOHAMMED SALEM/REUTERS

May 14

Smoke billows after an Israeli airstrike on Gaza City targeted the Ansar compound, linked to the Hamas movement, in the Gaza Strip.

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Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images

May 14

An Israeli soldier carries an artillery shell in a field next to his artillery unit near the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip.

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Amir Cohen/Reuters

May 14

Rockets fired from Gaza fly toward Israel.

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May 14

Smoke billows from an Israeli airstrike on Gaza City, targeted at the Intaj Bank linked to Hamas.

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May 14

A person is seen through a hole in a wall of a residential building in Ashkelon, Israel, after it was hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip.

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Ariel Schalit/AP

May 14

Palestinian demonstrators throw tear-gas canisters back at Israeli forces during clashes near the Jewish settlement of Beit El in the West Bank.

Abbas Momani

Abbas Momani

May 14

Israeli troops arrest a Palestinian protester during clashes at the Jalamah checkpoint near the West Bank city of Jenin.

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On Thursday, violence between Israelis and Palestinians entered its fourth day as rocket attacks on Israeli cities and airstrikes in the Gaza Strip continued and casualties climbed on both sides.

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May 13

Fire billows from Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip.

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May 13

Israeli firefighters battle a field fire after a rocket launched from Gaza strip struck in Ramla.

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May 13

Palestinian demonstrators run away from gas fired by Israeli soldiers near the Jewish settlement of Beit El, near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.

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May 13

Palestinians walk next to the remains of a 15-story building after it was hit by Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City.

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Khalil Hamra/AP

May 13

Palestinians inspect the rubble of their destroyed homes in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip.

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Khalil Hamra/AP

May 13

Smoke rises following Israeli airstrikes on a building in Gaza City.

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Hatem Moussa/AP

May 13

Family members inspect the damage to their apartment after it was hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip overnight in Petah Tikva, in central Israel.

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Oded Balilty/AP

May 13

Israeli mourners attend the funeral of Israeli soldier Omer Tabib, in Elyakim in northern Israel.

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Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images

May 13

Sharif Al-zaharna, 33, rests at the Shifa hospital in Gaza City, where he is receiving treatment for wounds caused by a May 10 Israeli strike near his family house in the Jabalya refugee camp.

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Khalil Hamra/AP

It’s the worst violence the area has seen in seven years: The attacks, which began Monday after unrest in Jerusalem, have killed at least 119 people in Gaza and nine in Israel, with hundreds more injured.

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May 12

Rockets fired from the Gaza Strip fly toward Israel, as seen from Gaza City.

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MOHAMMED SABER/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

The Israeli airstrikes have left destruction throughout the densely populated Gaza City, bringing apartment buildings, homes and shops crashing down.

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May 12

Firefighters tend to burning apartment buildings after they were hit by Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City.

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Adel Hana/AP

May 12

A fire rages at sunrise in Khan Younis after an Israeli airstrike on targets in the southern Gaza Strip.

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May 12

A car crushed by the rubble of a house is seen in the aftermath of overnight Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City.

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MOHAMMED SABER/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

May 12

Palestinians inspect the rubble of destroyed Al-Jawhara Tower after an Israeli airstrike overnight in Gaza City.

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HAITHAM IMAD/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

May 12

Palestinians pray next to the body of a man who was killed in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City.

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HAITHAM IMAD/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

May 12

Palestinians inspect a destroyed vehicle in the aftermath of an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City.

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MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images

Hamas, the militant group that controls Gaza, has fired more than 1,000 rockets at Tel Aviv and other parts of the country. Many of those have been intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome antimissile defense system. In predominantly Arab cities and those with mixed Arab and Jewish populations, demonstrations Tuesday night quickly turned into violent confrontations with Israeli police and right-wing Israelis staging counterdemonstrations. Police fired tear gas and rubber-coated bullets, while looting and arson attacks spread.

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May 12

Torah scrolls, Jewish holy scriptures, are removed from a synagogue that was torched during violent confrontations in the city of Lod between Israeli Arab demonstrators and police.

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RONEN ZVULUN/REUTERS

May 12

An Israeli artillery unit fires toward targets in the Gaza Strip, at the Israel-Gaza border.

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Yonatan Sindel/AP

A day of upheaval at the holy sites in Jerusalem on Monday culminated in warlike violence in communities across the country early Tuesday, with hundreds of rockets from the Gaza Strip causing injuries in Israeli neighborhoods and retaliatory airstrikes killing at least 22 Gazans, according to officials there.

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May 11

Rockets are fired from Gaza City, controlled by the Palestinian Hamas movement, toward Israel.

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May 11

Israel’s Iron Dome aerial defense system intercepts a rocket, launched from the Gaza Strip, above the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon.

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May 11

Citizens take cover as Israel’s Iron Dome intercepts a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip.

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Jack Guez//AFP/Getty Images

May 11

Palestinians evacuate a building targeted by Israeli bombardment in Gaza City.

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May 11

Palestinians remove a body from a building targeted by Israeli bombardment in Gaza City.

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Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images

May 11

Palestinians sit as they evacuate following an Israeli airstrike on a building in Gaza City.

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MOHAMMED SALEM/REUTERS

May 11

Israeli firefighters extinguish a burning vehicle after a rocket was launched from the Gaza Strip.

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Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images

May 11

Flames and smoke rise during Israeli airstrikes in the southern Gaza Strip.

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IBRAHEEM ABU MUSTAFA/REUTERS

May 11

The site of an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City.

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SUHAIB SALEM/REUTERS

May 11

The rooftop of a building is seen destroyed following an Israeli airstrike al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza City.

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Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images

May 11

People gather at the site of a collapsed building in the aftermath of Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City.

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May 10

Palestinians mourn their dead at a hospital in Gaza.

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