Gaza authorities say 69 Palestinians were killed, including 17 children; seven people died in Israel; violence also spreads to Israel.
Israeli fighter jets have attacked high-rise buildings and other targets in the Gaza Strip as Palestinians in the besieged enclave woke up on Thursday to celebrate the religious holiday of Eid al-Fitr under relentless aerial bombardment.
Since the Israeli offensive began at the last minute on Monday, Gaza’s health ministry says at least 69 people, including 17 children, have been killed. More than 390 people have been injured.
At least six Israelis have also been killed. The Israeli army said hundreds of rockets had been fired from Gaza into various parts of Israel and added reinforcements near the eastern lands of the enclave.
There have also been more violent clashes between Israeli Israelis and Palestinian citizens of Israel in several Israeli cities.
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Hundreds of worshipers have attended Eid prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s old city, the third holiest site in Islam.
Religious leaders called for calm on the day marking the end of Ramadan for Muslims around the world.
– الجرمق (@aljarmaqnet) May 13, 2021
Translation: Execution of the absence prayer for the souls of the martyrs of Gaza in the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Turkey calls on Muslims to take a clear stance on Gaza
Muslim countries must show a united and clear stance on Israel’s conflict with the Hamas movement in Gaza, Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay said while criticizing world powers for condemning violence without acting.
“What we want is for active action to be taken,” Oktay told reporters after the morning prayers marking the end of Ramadan.
“There are decisions taken repeatedly at the United Nations, there are condemnations. But, unfortunately, no results have been obtained, because a clear position is not shown. “
The rockets cause the diversion of flights from Tel Aviv
All passenger flights at Israeli Ben Gurion International Airport, near Tel Aviv, were diverted to a southern airport amid persistent rockets from Gaza, the airport authority said.
He said there were guidelines for passenger planes to land at Ramon Airport, near the tourist town south of Eilat, from early Thursday.