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Biden says he expects Gaza crisis to end ‘sooner than later’

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A camera operator falls as an Israeli police officer runs after him during clashes with Palestinians at the compound that houses Al Aqsa Mosque known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City

At least six people have been killed on the Israeli side.

With world powers demanding de-escalation of a conflict beginning to recall the Gaza war of 2014, Washington planned to send an envoy, Hady Amr, for talks with Israel and Palestinians.

Clashes also continued overnight on the streets of Israeli cities between Jewish and Arab Israelis, prompting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to announce he would deploy the military to quell the "anarchy".

Lawmakers from vastly different ends of the political spectrum have taken aim at Biden and his administration over the growing violence in the region, calling out the president on the violence in the region - albeit for different reasons.

Hamas and Islamic Jihad militants in the Gaza Strip fired over 1,200 of rockets at Israel, killing several civilians and leaving dozens injured.

'How is it proportionate for an Israeli air strike to destroy the entire building?'

Hamas signalled defiance, with its leader, Ismail Haniyeh, saying: "The confrontation with the enemy is open-ended".

Secretary of State Antony Blinken, in a phone call on Wednesday with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, condemned "the rocket attacks and emphasized the need to de-escalate tensions and bring the current violence to an end", State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.

Tensions have been running high, in part, because of efforts by Israeli settlers to evict several Palestinian families from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem.

In Washington, chief diplomat Antony Blinken announced that a United States envoy would travel to the Middle East to seek to calm tensions between Israel and the Palestinians.

Hady Amr, the deputy assistant secretary of state in charge of Israeli and Palestinian affairs, was leaving Wednesday and will meet both Israeli and Palestinian leaders, USA officials said. Media reported spreading street attacks by Jews on Arab passersby in ethnically mixed areas on Wednesday. (Yousef Masoud/SOPA Images/Getty) View of the debris of Al-Sharouk tower that collapsed after being hit by an Israeli air strike.

However, in a rare tragedy, shrapnel from the rocket punctured the shelter's window, critically wounding the boy and also injuring his mother. "It's a very scary situation to be in", said Margo Aronovic, a 26-year-old student, in Tel Aviv.

USA energy corporation Chevron said it had shut down the Tamar natural gas platform off the Israeli coast as a precaution. "That needs to be said", Tlaib said Monday on MSNBC.

At least two USA airlines cancelled flights from the United States to Tel Aviv on Wednesday and Thursday.

Israel said that Hamas used the buildings.

Thursday's barrage on Tel Aviv prompted Israel to reroute an El Al flight from Brussels away from Ben Gurion, its intended destination, to Ramon Airport in the south. A flight was previously diverted there due to bad weather, according to aviation tracker Avi Scharf.

"The cost of war in Gaza is devastating and is being paid by ordinary people".

The recent hostilities are a product of a complex array of historical and more immediate factors.

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