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5 things to know about the Middle East conflict

Published on Jul 10, 2014 12:37 PM
Israeli activists carry placards during a protest against the war on the Gaza strip, in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv on July 9, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

Since the murders of three young Israelis and a Palestinian teenager, tensions between Israelis and Palestinians have risen to a fever pitch. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has said the current situation "is on a knife-edge" as the UN Security Council prepares for emergency talks on the crisis on Thursday.

Here are five things about the Mideast conflict.

Why is Israel's army attacking targets in the Gaza Strip?

The Israeli army aims to stop a barrage of rockets fired from Gaza and to weaken the radical Islamic group Hamas.

In the early morning hours of July 8, the armed forces attacked about 50 sites in the Gaza Strip, apparently including homes of militant Hamas members. The Air Force also fired at rocket launching pads and training camps, a spokesman said. At least 61 Palestinians have been killed and more than 550 injured in the airstrikes, according to Palestinian medical sources and Health Ministry officials.

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