137 Palestinians martyred, over 1000 injured as Israel intensifies attacks
Israel continues to bombard the Gaza Strip with air raids and artillery shells, as it stepped up the deployment of troops and tanks near the besieged Palestinian enclave.
Afghan Voice Agency (AVA)_As of early today, at least 137 Palestinians, including 36 children, have been killed and over one thousand have been wounded since hostilities flared up on Monday.
Palestinian Health Ministry in the West Bank said that the Israeli forces had martyred 11 Palestinians and wounded about 600, during violent confrontations that erupted in many cities and villages.
Another series of Israeli hit the Shati refugee camp in Gaza killing at least two women, including six children, while burying several others in the rubble.
Another air raid also reportedly hit a house in .
Thousands of Palestinian families have taken shelter in United Nations-run schools in northern to escape Israeli artillery fire and relentless airstrikes.
The UN has said it estimates approximately 10,000 Palestinians have left their homes in Gaza amid the Israeli offensive.
Meanwhile, the United Arab Emirates has expressed grave concern about the escalation of violence in Israel and Palestine and called for a ceasefire and the start of a diplomatic dialogue.
UAE Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan in a statement said joins its voice to others in calling for an immediate cessation of violence and hostilities and calls on all parties to exercise maximum restraint and take immediate steps to abide by the ceasefire and start a political dialogue.