Israeli air raids continue, Palestinians protest

Israel continued air attacks on the Palestinian enclave of the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, as the death toll from the raids has exceeded 200.

Israeli forces say they are targeting facilities of the Palestinian Islamic fundamentalist group Hamas, which controls the enclave. The air attacks have struck buildings including homes of civilian residents. Palestinian militants have fired rockets into Israel.

The fighting has so far killed 212 people, including 61 children, in Gaza. Ten people, including a child, have been killed in Israel.

The United Nations says about 38,000 people have been forced to evacuate their homes and take shelter in schools operated by the UN.

Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem held a strike to protest the Israeli military operations. Shops and all schools were closed in Bethlehem in response to a call for the strike.

The UN Security Council met for a third time on Sunday, aiming to issue a statement calling for a de-escalation of violence. The United States again opposed issuing such a statement.

As the international community fails to take unified action to halt the violence, the death toll in the conflict continues to rise.