17 May 2021

Israel-Gaza: Latest upsurge in violence suggests no end in sight

Europe Editor and Presenter

The latest flare-up in violence enters its second week, Israel claims its airstrikes have destroyed miles of Hamas tunnels.

It also claims to have taken out a commander from Islamic Jihad, a militant group closely linked to Iran.

Hamas has fired yet more rockets across into southern Israel hitting the coastal town of Ashdod, where several people were reported injured.

With international diplomats working to end the military conflict, Israel finds itself under pressure from traditional allies in the west.

But it’s also under pressure from within not to end the military action, but to resolve the simmering ethnic tensions that has exploded in towns like Lod and Bat Yam in recent days.