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More “DOZENS” of air strikes on the Gaza Strip on Monday in exchange for Palestinian militants fired rockets in southern Israeli cities.

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The early morning raids on Gaza were some of the ponderous seen ever since the wrangles flared up. Israel said they facilities belonging to the militant group Hamas and several commanders’ homes, but main roads and power lines were also damaged.

Meanwhile, international calls for a ceasefire continue to go on.

The UN Security Council held an emergency meeting on Sunday, and Secretary-General António Guterres warned that further fighting had “the potential to unleash an uncontainable security and humanitarian crisis”.

He pleaded for an immediate end to the “utterly appalling” violence.

Egypt’s President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi said on Monday that his country was going to great lengths to reach a ceasefire.

But there were no signs of that happening as the conflict entered its second week.

It began after weeks of rising Israeli-Palestinian tension in occupied East Jerusalem that culminated in clashes at a holy site revered by both Muslims and Jews. Hamas, which controls Gaza, began firing rockets after warning Israel to withdraw from the site, triggering retaliatory air strikes.

Israel said the air strikes hit Hamas targets, but homes and other buildings were also damaged

The Israeli military said more than 50 warplanes conducted a 20-minute attack on the Gaza Strip shortly before sunrise on Monday.

They struck 35 “terror targets” and destroyed more than 15km (9.3 miles) of an underground tunnel network belonging to Hamas, it added.

The military also said it had hit the homes of nine “high-ranking” Hamas commanders.

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