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What are the current developments? According to the Israeli army, the radical Islamic Hamas has fired around 1,750 rockets at Israel since the escalation began on Monday evening. Around 400 of them fell in the coastal area. But the success rate of the “Iron Dome” interception system is still around 90 percent. Three rockets were also fired from Lebanon, but they fell into the Mediterranean in the north. In the coastal metropolis of Tel Aviv, the warning sirens wailed for the first time in broad daylight. Thousands of people in southern Israel took refuge in air raid shelters. So far, six civilians and one soldier have died in Israel.

What is the situation like in the Gaza Strip? Israel's army has so far fired almost 1,000 targets in the Gaza Strip. Three high-rise buildings were also destroyed in the process. The Ministry of Health in Gaza City reported 83 fatalities, including 17 children. Hundreds were injured. The hospitals have reached their limits. Israeli fighter jets also fired at the main military observation center operated by Hamas intelligence.

Is there now a threat of an "even bigger" war? Defense Minister Benny Gantz has approved the mobilization of an additional 9,000 reservists. 5000 reservists had already been mobilized on Tuesday. The army concentrated troops and tanks on the border with the Gaza Strip. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has again prepared the citizens for a longer deployment in the Gaza Strip. Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh spoke of an "unlimited confrontation with the enemy".

Is there a danger of civil war? Israeli President Reuven Rivlin called for an end to the "madness" and warned of civil war. Because the fighting is also fueling violence between Jewish Israelis and the Arab minority. Attacks on synagogues and attacks on shops, hotels and cars have been reported in several villages.

What was the trigger for the escalation? The violence had reignited the status of the city of Jerusalem. This is one of the central issues in the Middle East conflict. Last Monday, many Israelis celebrated Jerusalem Day. Israel is celebrating the conquest of the Arab eastern part of Jerusalem during the Six Day War in 1967.

But the annexation is not recognized internationally. The Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of their own state in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Tensions have also been exacerbated by plans to evacuate the homes of Palestinian families in the Sheikh al-Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem. In the course of this there were massive demonstrations that quickly escalated into more violent violence.

How is the international community reacting? Internationally, there is growing concern about the escalation of the conflict. A delegation from Egypt arrived in Tel Aviv on Thursday to work towards a ceasefire between Israelis and Palestinians. Egypt has acted as an Arab mediator earlier. US President Joe Biden emphasized Israel's right to self-defense. After speaking to Netanyahu on the phone, he believes the fighting will end soon and condemned the Hamas rocket attacks.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called for an immediate de-escalation. In a telephone conversation with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, French President Emmanuel Macron condemned Hamas' attacks on Israel. Russian President Vladimir Putin and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres also called for an end to the fighting. The Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis called for an immediate stop to the escalation of violence.

SRF 4 News, May 13th, 2021, 8:00 a.m.; sda / deka / acka; widb

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  • Comment from Aldo Squarise (Aldo Squarise)
    The result of Trump's provocations = recognition of Jerusalem as the capital, the new seat of the US embassy, ​​"peace treaty" between the Emirates and Israel, support for the illegal settlement policy. What remains for the Palestinians is life as a stateless person in their own country, great poverty and unemployment.
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  • Comment from Reto Derungs (speech)
    Well, I would suggest that the first thing the international community needs to do is to ask the two Palestinian organizations to recognize Israel's right to exist. If you do not do this, all assistance must be stopped immediately. Countries that continue to help the Palestinians are immediately and severely sanctioned. If the PLO and Hamas recognize the existence of Israel, one could implement the two-state solution proposed by the UN and monitor the peace ......
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    1. answer from Delmar Lose (DeLo)
      Well, I would suggest that the international community first and foremost demand that the Israelis retreat to the old frontier lines that existed before the Six Day War. If you do not do that, all assistance (payments from Germany and the USA) must be stopped immediately and the country must be extensively sanctioned!
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    2. answer from Christoph Stadler (stachri)
      And when Israel withdraws from the occupied territories, peace is really possible.
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  • Comment from Achim Berger (Schlauberger)
    Very one-sided reporting, why not a word or an interview on the Palestinian point of view?
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    1. answer from Ruth Dormitory (RuWo)
      Because you cannot negotiate sensibly with terrorists. Therefore.
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    2. answer from Delmar Lose (DeLo)
      and who are the terrorists here?
      Where exactly how many people die?
      Who provokes without interruption?
      Who doesn't stick to agreements?
      Who always anects the land?
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    3. answer from Christoph Stadler (stachri)
      @ Dormitory: Mr. Berger spoke of Palestinians and not Hamas.
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    4. answer from Daniel Stüdi (25-45)
      @Ruth dormitory That's right, with Netanyahu you really can't negotiate sensibly.
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