Death toll from Israeli attacks on Gaza Strip rises to 53

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The death toll of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces since the start of the offensive on the Gaza Strip has risen to 53, including three women and 14 children, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

The Ministry said Tuesday that the number of injuries also climbed to 320.

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Israeli occupation warplanes launched raids beginning late Monday in the Gaza Strip in an offensive the army called Operation Guardians of the Wall.

Israeli warplanes launched a series of air raids on various areas in the besieged enclave that started with fatal strikes in the northern city of Beit Hanun.

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Palestinian resistance factions in Gaza had fired a barrage of rockets at Israeli targets earlier on Monday in retaliation to the Israeli attacks on the Aqsa Mosque and Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Occupied East Jerusalem over the past few days.

Tensions have been running high in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem since last week after an Israeli court ordered the evictions of Palestinian families.

Palestinians protesting in solidarity with residents of Sheikh Jarrah have been targeted by Israeli forces. ​​​​​​

Israel occupied East Jerusalem during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war and annexed the entire city in 1980 – a move that has never been recognized by the international community.  

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