The Israeli bombing of the Gaza Strip has entered its seventh consecutive day, with airstrikes in the early hours of Sunday killing at least four Palestinians, injuring dozens more and flattening at least two residential buildings.
According to the group’s television, the house of Gaza’s Hamas chief Yehya al-Sinwar was also targeted.
In Tel Aviv, Israel, people threw themselves into the shelters against bombs as sirens warning of the entry of rockets fired across the city and the Israeli military launched its “Iron Dome” air defense system. to intercept Hamas rockets.
The climb comes hours after Israeli missiles arrived at a refugee camp, to kill at least 10 Palestinians, including eight children – i he knocked down a tall building housing offices of media organizations, including Al Jazeera.
In a televised speech, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to continue the offensive in Gaza “for as long as necessary,” while Hamas leader Ismail Haniya said “resistance will not yield.” .
Last week, at least 148 Palestinians, including 41 children, were killed in the Gaza Strip. Some 950 others were injured. In the occupied West Bank, Israeli forces have killed at least 13 Palestinians.
At least ten people in Israel have also died, and two more deaths were reported on Saturday. The Israeli army said hundreds of rockets had been fired from Gaza into various parts of Israel and added reinforcements near the enclave.
Here are the latest updates:
U.S. Muslim groups urge boycott of Eid dinner at the White House
U.S. Muslims for Palestine, a U.S.-based defense group, urged the Muslim community to boycott President Joe Biden’s Eid celebration on Sunday for his stance on Palestine.
The group also announced an opposite event, called “Eid with Palestine.”
“Recent statements by President Biden, White House spokesman Jen Psaki, and State Department spokesman Ned Price completely ignore the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in East Jerusalem, the Israeli assault on Al-Aqsa against the faithful during Ramadan and the ongoing siege of Gaza, which has already killed hundreds, “the defense group said.
“In a show of solidarity with our Palestinian brothers and sisters in Palestine, the United States and around the world, a coalition of Muslims across the country is urging our Muslim community to boycott the White House event and unite. to Eid with Palestine: A Protest of the White House Eid Event “.
Earlier, the American-Islamic Relations Council also said it would boycott the celebration of the White House Eid.
Israel aims at Hamas chief’s home in Gaza
Israel attacked the home of a senior Hamas leader in an explosion of airstrikes, the group’s television station said.
Yehya al-Sinwar has been leading Hamas ’political and military wings in Gaza since 2017.
“The most intensive airstrikes in the last seven days”
Al Jazeera’s Safwat al-Kahlout reported live from Gaza, saying Israeli planes carried out 150 airstrikes in the Gaza Strip in the early hours of Sunday, including at least 60 in Gaza City.
“The last couple of hours the Israeli army carried out the most intense airstrikes across the Gaza Strip during the last seven days of climbing,” al-Kahlout said, adding that several people went die during the beating.
Emergency workers are digging through the rubble in hopes of finding survivors, he said.
Meanwhile, Gaza’s health ministry said many Palestinians were arriving at hospitals with injuries.
The Israeli army fatally shoots young Palestinians in the West Bank
Israeli forces fatally shot a young Palestinian man north of Tulkarem in the West Bank shortly after midnight on Sunday, Palestinian news agency WAFA reported, citing the health ministry.
At least nine people were injured after soldiers opened fire and were taken to hospital, WAFA said.
Huge crowds gather across the US to support Palestine
John Hendren, of Al Jazeera, a Washington, DC informant, said Saturday there was an “unusually large show of support” for the Palestinian cause in the United States.
“There were demonstrations in New York, Chicago, Colorado and Washington, DC. These were the ones we thought were an unusually large pro-Palestinian crowd of several thousand people, ”he said.
“They wanted the US government to put more pressure on Israel to end this conflict. There was a real sense of dissatisfaction that the policies of the Biden administration were not really significantly different from the policies of the Trump administration or any other US administration in recent years. ”
“Intense bombing” near the UN office in Gaza
Matthias Schmale, the Gaza director of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), reported an “intense bombing” near the agency’s premises in the early hours of Sunday.
– Matthias Schmale (@matzschmale) May 15, 2021
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