Palestinians inspect a destroyed building that housed media offices in Gaza City on Friday, May 21. It was hit by an Israeli airstrike earlier in the week.
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In pictures: Israelis and Palestinians endure days of violence

Updated 3:44 PM ET, Fri May 21, 2021

Palestinians inspect a destroyed building that housed media offices in Gaza City on Friday, May 21. It was hit by an Israeli airstrike earlier in the week.
Hatem Moussa/AP

Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas have agreed to a ceasefire after one of the area's worst rounds of violence since the 2014 Gaza War.

The fighting erupted on May 10 as Palestinian militants in Gaza started firing rockets at Israel, which responded with airstrikes across Gaza. The militants say they started firing their rockets in response to the actions of Israeli police who fired stun grenades inside the Aqsa mosque, one of Jerusalem's holiest sites. Video from the compound showed long-running exchanges between Palestinians throwing rocks and Israeli police firing rubber-coated bullets.

For several weeks now, Jerusalem has seen repeated confrontations between Palestinians and Israeli police across the city. One of the main sources of growing unrest has been the possible eviction of several Palestinian families from their homes in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. On May 9, Israel's Supreme Court postponed an appeal hearing on the decades-long legal case.

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