Riots and physical fights between Jewish and Arab Israelis have also broken out in cities and towns across Israel, prompting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to threaten to use military force to quash the “anarchy.”
The conflict followed weeks of clashes and demonstrations amid rising tensions in Jerusalem. On the morning of May 10, hundreds of Palestinians were injured in a police raid on the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem, one of the holiest sites in Islam. By the evening, militants in the Gaza Strip had fired rockets toward Jerusalem for the first time in years, and Israel responded with airstrikes.
A confluence of factors — some decades old, others more immediate — contributed to the worst violence in years.
Here’s what you need to know.
What to know
- What’s behind the unrest in Israel and the Gaza Strip in recent days?
- How did this escalate into rocket attacks and airstrikes?
- What are the political factors?
- What else is at play here?
- <b>What happens now?</b>