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Lebanon: Friday morning began in Lebanon with deafening air raids by Israeli forces leaving people in shock.
The attack comes hours after Israel struck Gaza on Wednesday following clashes at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.
As the prayers were underway in the mosque, Israeli forces stormed in attacking worshipers and Palestinians, reports say.
The latest spate of violence in the region happening during the holy month of Ramadan will further deteriorate the situation here.
The situation here is highly sensitive as Ramadan this year coincides with the Jewish Passover holiday.
Uneasy calmness prevails in the area following police raids at Al-Aqusa mosque.
Meanwhile, Israeli media showed smoke billowing in the northern Israeli border town of Shlomi following rocket attacks on Thursday.
The Israeli airport authority announced the suspension of operations in Haifa and Rosh Pina.
Israel launched air strikes on Gaza and Lebanon responding to the rocket attacks from Lebanon, which Israel blamed on Islamist group Hamas.
Hours after Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu promised revenge on his country's "enemies", blasts rocked several places in Gaza.
"Israel's response, tonight and later, will exact a significant price from our enemies," Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly said.
After Israel military claimed to have struck Hamas in southern Lebanon, three loud blasts were reported at Rashidiyeh refugee camp here.
Israel faced widespread condemnation from international bodies including UN, US, Canada, and Turkey for storming the Al-Aqsa Mosque overnight.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres express shocked, adding that he was ‘appalled’ by images of Israeli forces beating people at the Al-Aqs Mosque, Al Jazeera reported.
Asking both Israel and Palestine to be restraint, the White House said it was “extremely concerned” about the latest spate of violence.
“We remain extremely concerned by the continuing violence and we urge all sides to avoid further escalation,” White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby reportedly said.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey slammed the Israeli police raid on the mosque, terming it a “red line” for Turkey.