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Israel launches new air strikes in Gaza as conflict escalates

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srael has unleashed new air strikes on Gaza, hitting two high-rise buildings believed to be housing militants, as Hamas and other armed groups bombarded southern Israel with hundreds of rockets.

The conflict escalated relentlessly throughout the day, and Israel vowed that its strikes would only increase.

The latest exchange of fire was sparked by weeks of tensions in contested Jerusalem.

Since sundown on Monday, 26 Palestinians – including nine children and a woman – were killed in Gaza, most by air strikes, Gaza health officials said.

The Israeli military said at least 16 of the dead were militants. During the same period, Gaza militants fired hundreds of rockets towards Israel, killing two Israeli civilians and wounding 10 others.

But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned in the evening that more was coming.

He said after meeting with senior defence officials that Israel would “increase even more the strength of the strikes and also the rate of the strikes” against Hamas and Islamic Jihad militants in the Gaza Strip.

“Hamas will receive blows now that it didn’t expect,” he said in a statement.

In a further sign of rising tensions, Israel signalled it is widening its military campaign.

The military said it is sending troop reinforcements to the Gaza border and the defence minister ordered the mobilisation of 5,000 reserve soldiers.

Even as the two sides ramped up tensions, officials said Egypt was working on brokering a ceasefire.

The overnight rockets and air strikes were preceded by hours of clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces, including confrontations at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, a sacred site to both Jews and Muslims.

The current violence, like previous rounds, including the last intifada, or uprising, has been fuelled by conflicting claims over Jerusalem, which is at the emotional core of the sides’ long conflict.

In a sign of widening unrest, hundreds of residents of Arab communities across Israel staged overnight demonstrations, denouncing the recent actions of Israeli security forces against Palestinians.

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John McAfee uncovered lifeless in his prison cell in advance of extradition to US

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ntivirus creator John McAfee, 75, was discovered dead in his jail mobile in Barcelona after the Spanish substantial court experienced authorised his extradition to the United States., the Catalan justice department mentioned.

Anything details it could be a dying by suicide, the department reported in a assertion.

The significant courtroom had agreed to extradite him back to the United States in which he faces tax evasion fees.

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