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Israeli PM says country needs to use force to suppress riots amid escalating violence in Gaza Updated: 2021-05-14 06:17:57 KST

The violence in Israel and Gaza is showing no signs of abating.
Rocket fire and air strikes have continued for days and Israel's Prime Minister insists the country needs to resort to force.

"I cannot tell you that we are not facing escalation. The intelligence we have says that it is very possible that there will be an increase in violence here in the coming days. There may be an exchange of blows here. And in cases like these, in order to suppress a riot, we need to use force, a lot of force, we will use it while giving full support to the Israeli police."

This was highlighted while he was visiting the town of Lod, which has been the epicenter of Jewish-Arab mob violence in Israel.
Authorities have declared a state of emergency in the town of some 80-thousand people, and imposed a night curfew from Wednesday.
The curfew, however, did little to calm the atmosphere as Arab residents, who account for around a third of the town's population, rioted and Jewish mobs burned Arab cars and property.
Israel's defense minister says the country has "many, many more targets," adding there's no time limit on its military operations.
They are mulling whether to add ground forces on top of the bombing campaign in Gaza, which has reportedly killed several Hamas commanders and destroyed buildings.
The Israeli military says some 16-hundred rockets have been fired into the country from Gaza since the flareup began on Monday, and Israel has responded with devastating airstrikes.
The Gaza-based Palestinian Health Ministry claims Israel's bombings have killed nearly 90 people, including women and children, while at least 530 people have been wounded.
The Israeli military says seven Israelis have been killed and over 200 others injured.
The ongoing violence comes despite continued calls from the international community to de-escalate, with many world leaders urging the two sides to lay down their arms.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.
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