In pictures: Israel-Gaza conflict escalates with airstrikes – media

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The violence is the worst in Gaza since last year’s war that devastated the impoverished territory that is home to some 2.3 million Palestinians.

Hostilities between Israel and Palestinian armed groups that had been ongoing since Friday escalated on Sunday, bringing the death toll in two days to 29 in the occupied territory, with Israel carrying out multiple airstrikes in Gaza.

The Health Ministry also said 253 people in Gaza had been injured since hostilities with Israel began on Friday.

The violence is the worst in Gaza since last year’s war that devastated the impoverished territory that is home to some 2.3 million Palestinians and forced countless Israelis to take shelter from rockets.

Israel said it was necessary to launch a “pre-emptive” operation against Islamic Jihad, as the group predicted an imminent attack after days of tension along the border with Gaza.

An Israeli soldier checks ammunition next to a mobile artillery unit in a field on the Israeli side of the border with the Gaza Strip on Saturday. —Reuters

Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system fires to intercept a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israel near Ashdod, Israel on Saturday. —Reuters

Rockets are fired by Palestinian militants at Israel, amid fighting between Israel and Gaza, in Gaza on Saturday. -Reuter

Rockets are fired by Palestinian militants at Israel, amid Israeli-Palestinian fighting, in Gaza City on Friday evening. -Reuter

Palestinians inspect a house hit by an Israeli airstrike, amid fighting between Israel and Gaza, in Gaza City on Saturday. —Reuters

Flames and smoke rise during an Israeli airstrike, amid fighting between Israel and Gaza, in Gaza City on Saturday. —Reuters

Members of the Israeli forces take a stand as Palestinians take part in a protest against the fighting between Israel and Gaza near the Israeli settlement of Beit El near Ramallah in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Saturday. —Reuters

Palestinians inspect a house damaged amid Israel-Gaza fighting in the northern Gaza Strip on Saturday. —Reuters

A woman looks on as she stands next to a damaged building where the commander-in-chief of the Islamic Jihad militant group Tayseer al-Jaabari was killed in Israeli strikes, in Gaza City on Saturday, – Reuters

A woman gestures next to a damaged building where the commander-in-chief of the Islamic Jihad militant group Tayseer al-Jaabari was killed in Israeli strikes, in Gaza City on Saturday. —Reuters

Header image: PShahir, one of four disabled Palestinian siblings from the Shamalakh family, is assisted near the rubble of his home after it was destroyed in an Israeli airstrike, amid the fighting between Israel and Gaza, in Gaza City on Saturday. —Reuters

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