Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza Strip has entered its seventh consecutive day, with air raids within the early hours of Sunday killing no less than 4 Palestinians, wounding dozens extra and flattening no less than two residential buildings.
The house of Gaza’s Hamas chief, Yehya al-Sinwar, was additionally focused, based on the group’s TV.
In Israel’s Tel Aviv, folks dashed for bomb shelters as sirens warning of incoming rocket fireplace blared throughout the town, and the Israeli army launched its “Iron Dome” air defence system to intercept Hamas rockets.
The escalation comes hours after Israeli missiles hit a refugee camp, killing no less than 10 Palestinians, together with eight kids – and brought down a high-rise building housing the workplaces of media organisations, together with Al Jazeera.
In a televised speech late on Saturday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to proceed the offensive on Gaza for “so long as essential”, whereas Hamas chief Ismail Haniya mentioned “the resistance won’t give in”.
A minimum of 149 Palestinians, together with 41 kids, have been killed within the Gaza Strip prior to now week. Some 950 others have been wounded.
Within the occupied West Financial institution, Israeli forces have killed no less than 13 Palestinians.
A minimum of 10 folks in Israel have additionally been killed, with two new deaths reported on Saturday. The Israeli military mentioned a whole bunch of rockets have been fired from Gaza in the direction of numerous areas in Israel and so they have added reinforcements close to the enclave.
The United Nations Safety Council is because of meet in a while Sunday to debate the worst outbreak of violence in years in Palestine and Israel.
Listed below are the most recent updates:
Israeli raids injury street resulting in Gaza’s most important hospital
Israeli air raids created a crater that blocked one of many most important roads resulting in al-Shifa, the most important hospital in Gaza, the Related Press information company reported, citing residents and journalists.
The Palestinian Wafa information company mentioned the intensive shelling brought about “large destruction” within the Gaza Strip, together with to civilian houses, and in addition resulted in a whole blackout within the northern Rimal neighbourhood.
Biden reaffirms ‘robust assist’ for Israel
US President Joe Biden spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and reaffirmed his “robust assist for Israel’s proper to defend itself towards rocket assaults from Hamas and different terrorist teams in Gaza”, the White Home mentioned.
He additionally spoke with Palestinian Authority President Abbas and “conveyed a dedication to strengthening the US-Palestinian partnership,” the White Home added in a tweet.
Immediately the President spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, reaffirmed his robust assist for Israel’s proper to defend itself towards rocket assaults from Hamas and different terrorist teams in Gaza, and condemned these indiscriminate assaults towards Israel. pic.twitter.com/baHWh1b6Q2
— The White Home (@WhiteHouse) May 15, 2021
Rescue staff pull out 5 kids from rubble in Gaza
Al Jazeera’s Safwat al-Kahlout, reporting from Gaza, mentioned rescue groups are racing to dig out survivors from beneath the rubble of residential buildings flattened in Israeli raids.
“The rescue groups have discovered 5 kids alive,” he mentioned. “They are saying they hear some individuals are nonetheless alive beneath the rubble and so they’re nonetheless working to tug out extra survivors.”
He mentioned the Israeli bombardment had destroyed homes and roads within the El Wahda district.
Palestinian residents are serving to rescue groups in trying to find survivors beneath the rubbles of homes bombed by “Israel” tonight. Thus far, studies verify: 5 survived, 2 killed, 25 injured. There are various others nonetheless buried.#Gaza #GazaUnderAttack pic.twitter.com/olJuj3HLrJ
— Quds Information Community (@QudsNen) May 16, 2021
US Muslim teams urge boycott of White Home Eid dinner
American Muslims for Palestine, a US-based advocacy group, urged the Muslim group to boycott President Joe Biden’s Eid celebration on Sunday over his stance on Palestine.
The group additionally introduced a counter occasion, referred to as “Eid with Palestine”.
“Current statements made by President Biden, White Home spokesperson Jen Psaki, and Division of State spokesperson, Ned Worth, fully disregard the ethnic cleaning of Palestinians from East Jerusalem, the Israeli assault on Al-Aqsa on worshippers throughout Ramadan, and the continued siege of Gaza that has already claimed the lives of a whole bunch,” the advocacy group mentioned.
“In a present of solidarity with our Palestinian brothers and sisters in Palestine, america, and all over the world, a coalition of Muslims nationwide is urging our Muslim group to boycott the White Home occasion and be a part of the ‘Eid with Palestine: A Protest of the White Home Eid occasion.”
Earlier, the Council on American-Islamic Relations additionally mentioned it will boycott the White Home’s Eid celebration.
Israel targets residence of Hamas chief in Gaza
Israel struck the house of a senior Hamas chief in a burst of air raids, the group’s TV station mentioned.
Yehya al-Sinwar has headed the political and army wings of Hamas in Gaza since 2017.
Israel launches ‘most intensive air strikes’ but in Gaza
Al Jazeera’s Safwat al-Kahlout, reporting dwell from Gaza, mentioned Israeli jets carried out 150 air raids throughout the Gaza Strip within the early hours of Sunday, together with no less than 60 in Gaza Metropolis alone.
“The final couple of hours the Israeli military carried out probably the most intensive air strikes everywhere in the Gaza Strip over the previous seven days of escalation,” al-Kahlout mentioned, including that a number of folks had been killed within the raid.
Emergency staff are digging by means of the rubble within the hopes of discovering survivors, he mentioned.
The Gaza well being ministry in the meantime mentioned many Palestinians had been arriving at hospitals with accidents.
Israeli army fatally shoots Palestinian youth in West Financial institution
Israeli forces fatally shot a Palestinian youth north of Tulkarem within the West Financial institution simply after midnight on Sunday, Palestinian information company WAFA reported, citing the ministry of well being.
A minimum of 9 folks had been wounded after troopers opened dwell fireplace, and had been taken to the hospital, WAFA mentioned.
Big crowds rally throughout US in assist of Palestine
Al Jazeera’s John Hendren, reporting from Washington, DC, mentioned there was an “unusually massive present of assist” for the Palestinian trigger in america on Saturday.
“There have been demonstrations in New York, Chicago, Colorado, and in Washington, DC. These had been what we thought had been an unusually massive pro-Palestinian crowd of a number of thousand folks,” he mentioned.
“They needed the US authorities to exert extra strain on Israel, to finish this battle. There was an actual sense of dissatisfaction that the Biden administration’s insurance policies are actually not considerably totally different than the insurance policies of the Trump administration or some other US administration over the previous a number of years.”
‘Heavy bombardment’ close to Gaza UN workplace
Matthias Schmale, the Gaza director for the UN company for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA), reported “heavy bombardment” close to the company’s compound within the early hours of Sunday.
— Matthias Schmale (@matzschmale) May 15, 2021
For the developments from Saturday, Might 15, go here.