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Sparks from Jerusalem rain on Gaza's tinderbox

The situation on the Israel-Gaza border is escalating with a barrage of rockets and mortar shells from Gaza and Israeli strikes on Hamas military positions.
A Palestinian boy plays with a homemade sparkler as tires burn during a rally in support of demonstrators in Jerusalem on April 24, 2021, in Gaza City.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — One day after Palestinian factions threatened to launch a new round of violence against Israel, 36 rockets and mortar shells were fired from the Gaza Strip at settlements in southern Israel April 24. On April 25, five more rockets were fired from Gaza toward southern Israel. Israel responded by striking a number of Hamas military positions inside the Gaza Strip. 

The rocket attacks are widely seen as connected to the clashes in Jerusalem that erupted after police set up iron barricades near Bab al-Amoud (Damascus Gate) in the city.

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