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Worried Asia watches Israeli-Palestinian fighting escalate

Renewed violence overshadows diplomatic momentum from Abraham Accords

Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepts rockets launched from Gaza, as seen from the Israeli city of Ashkelon on May 11.   © Reuters

DUBAI/TOKYO -- The worst flare-up in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in years has raised fears of a further escalation and prompted statements of grave concern from Asia.

What started with protests and physical clashes in Jerusalem has devolved into large-scale shooting this week, with the Gaza-ruling Islamist group Hamas firing hundreds of rockets into Israel and Israel Defense Forces aircraft pounding targets in the enclave.

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