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Death toll of Israeli airstrikes on Gaza rises to 200; Dozens of children killed

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The death toll of Israeli airstrikes on Gaza rose to 200, and includes 59 children, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said on Monday, adding that the total number of injuries in the city has risen to 1,305.

That number is expected to keep rising as rescue teams continue to search for people trapped underneath the rubble of destroyed buildings, according to the correspondent.

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Israel launched at least 70 air raids on the Gaza Strip overnight on Monday, Al Arabiya’s correspondent reported.

Images and videos on social media showed fire and smoke rising above buildings in the blockaded city.

Unrest in the Gaza and the West Bank entered its second week despite calls from international organizations and world leaders for a ceasefire.

However, during a televised address after a security cabinet meeting on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country’s campaign in Gaza was continuing at “full force,” and that deterrence had to be achieved to prevent future conflict with Hamas.

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“We are acting now, for as long as necessary, to restore calm and quiet to you, Israel’s citizens. It will take time,” he said.

Muslim countries urged Israel to halt its violations of Palestinian rights, condemning the bombings in Gaza and the West Bank and the forceful evictions of Palestinians from their homes in East Jerusalem.

“The Kingdom categorically rejects the Israeli violations against the Palestinians ... and calls for an immediate end to the Israeli escalation,” Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan said during a virtual meeting for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on Sunday.

Worldwide, pro-Palestinians held demonstrations condemning the Israeli attacks on Gaza and the West Bank and called for international interference to end the violence against Palestinian civilians.

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