Israeli operation in the Gaza Strip
Since Hamas began firing rockets at Jerusalem in retaliation for police clashes with protesters at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, more than 3.000 rockets have been fired at Israel.
Israel, on the other hand, carried out more than a thousand air and artillery strikes on Gaza. At least 214 Palestinians (including 62 children) and 10 Israelis were killed, with hundreds wounded on both sides.
The death toll from the ongoing Israeli attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip has risen to 212, the Palestinian Health Ministry said on May 17.
The grim figure includes 61 children, 35 women and 16 elderly people, the ministry said in a statement, while 1,400 people have been injured during the offensive.
The Israeli military has intensified its assault on Gaza, as Palestinian militants continue to fire rockets into Israel on the fifth day of hostilities.
Israel's army said air and ground forces were involved in attacks on Friday but had not entered Gaza.
A BBC reporter in Gaza said there was heavy shelling involving gunboats, fighter jets and helicopters.
Weary Palestinians on May 13 prepared for a somber feast marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, as Gaza braced for more Israeli airstrikes and communal violence raged after weeks of protests and violence in Jerusalem.
Recent Israeli attacks on Gaza City have killed three more Palestinians, the Palestinian Health Ministry said in a statement on May 13.
Israel closed the Gaza Strip's offshore fishing zone on Aug. 16 following a night of cross-border fighting with Palestinian militants, the most intense escalation of hostilities in recent months.
Palestinian militants in Gaza fired two rockets into southern Israel after Israeli airstrikes targeted sites belonging to the territory's militant Hamas rulers.