Dozens Killed as Israelis, Palestinians Conflict Escalates

THE deadliest fighting in years between Israelis and Palestinians showed no signs of stopping on Wednesday, with Israel’s military continuing to carry out airstrikes in the Gaza Strip and Hamas militants continuing to bombard Israel with barrages of rockets.

United Nation officials are urging peace on both sides as the death toll continues to rise. “Stop the fire immediately,” Tor Wennesland, the U.N.’s Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process. “We’re escalating towards a full scale war.”

In Gaza, 53 people have been killed, including 14 children and three women, and 6 Israelis were killed by rocket fire, including a soldier, three women and a child – the deadliest outbreak of violence since the 2014 Gaza War.

At least 320 have been wounded in Gaza, including 86 children and 39 women. Dozens in Israel have been wounded.

There was no sign that either side is willing to back down. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to expand the offensive, saying “this will take time.” Hamas has called for a full-scale intifada, or uprising.

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