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    A top commander with the Islamic Jihad militant group in Gaza has reportedly been killed in an Israeli air strike. The death of Hussam Abu Harbeed comes as the conflict between Israel and Islamist militants rages in the enclave. The Israeli army said Harbeed was behind several anti-tank missile terror attacks against Israeli civilians. This included one attack on the first day of the current round of fighting that the army said had injured a civilian in Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that attacks in Gaza are continuing “at full force” and will “take time.”

    After a week of fighting there is no end in sight to the deadly violence between Israel and militants in Gaza. Ceasefire appeals continue to go unheeded. Residents of Gaza experienced the heaviest bombardment by the Israeli army since hostilities erupted. Israel says it destroyed tunnels used by militants and the homes of Hamas commanders. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says Washington is working diplomatic channels around the clock. But the US is stopping short of demanding that Israel stop its bombing campaign.

    Israel is stepping up airstrikes on Gaza in response to attacks by Palestinian militants. Nearly 200 people, mainly Palestinians have been killed as the conflict enters a second week. The violence flared up on May 10 following unrest in Jerusalem. In the aftermath of Israel’s latest air strikes on Gaza, residents are left picking through the rubble that used to be their homes. They say the attacks were the most ferocious yet.

    Israel says it is aiming to destroy terrorist infrastructure and is targeting militants. The army later released footage it says shows strikes killing a senior Palestinian militant commander.

    Israel’s jets also targeted an underground network of tunnels used by the militants in their early morning raid.

    A residential complex in the city of Ashdod, hit by a Hamas rocket. Hamas has kept up its barrage into southern Israel. Not all missiles are intercepted by Israel’s defenses. As the bombs keep falling, the international community is becoming increasingly alarmed.

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