Israeli troops on Thursday entered the Gaza Strip, marking a new level of conflict in the region amid days of escalating violence.
The Israel Defense Force (IDF) tweeted Thursday (on the East Coast of the U.S.) about the operation, writing that “IDF air and ground troops are currently attacking in the Gaza Strip.”
IDF air and ground troops are currently attacking in the Gaza Strip.— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) May 13, 2021
The latest violence follows weeks of rising tensions relating to the decades-long conflict.
Israel claims that more than 1,000 rockets have been fired into its territory by Palestinian militants, there have also been reports of its airstrikes on Gaza, which have led to civilian casualties.
Reuters reported, according to Palestinian medical officials that 103 people have been killed in Gaza, including 27 children, over the past four days. On Thursday alone, 49 Palestinians were killed in the enclave, the highest single-day figure since Monday.
While Seven people have been killed in Israel: a soldier patrolling the Gaza border, five Israeli civilians, including two children, and an Indian worker, Israeli authorities said.