The death toll from the Israeli bombing of a besieged enclave rises to 139, and 11 are also killed by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank.
The Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip continued for the fifth day in a row, with Israeli airstrikes hitting a refugee camp where at least ten Palestinians, including eight children, were killed.
In the early hours of Saturday, rescue workers were still trying to stretch the bodies under the rubber, as more people are believed to have been killed. Hamas, the group that controls the besieged enclave, responded to the latest attack by firing a rocket launch into the southern cities of Israel, Askhelon and Ashdood. No casualties were reported.
At least 139 Palestinians, including 40 children, have been killed in the Gaza Strip since Monday. Some 950 others were injured. In the occupied West Bank, Israeli forces did dead at least 11 Palestinians protesting the continuation of the Israeli occupation and the ongoing bombing of Gaza. Clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian protesters continued overnight in occupied East Jerusalem.
At least eight people in Israel 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.
As violence escalates, the humanitarian crisis is steadily worsening, with thousands of Palestinian families taking refuge in UN schools in northern Gaza to flee Israeli artillery fire. The UN has said it estimates that about 10,000 Palestinians have left their homes in Gaza amid the Israeli offensive.
The Palestinians had set 73 years on Saturday since the ethnic cleansing of their homeland by Zionist militias to create the state of Israel. The event is called the Nakba, or “Catastrophe,” in Palestinian history.
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“This is really a massacre”
Nabil Abu al Reesh, a doctor based in the Gaza Strip, explained his Israeli airstrike that led to a three-story house on the edge of the Al Shati refugee camp.
“We keep trying to get more bodies back and trying to understand who is who,” he told Reesh.
“This is really a massacre that we cannot describe in words,” he said.
“I don’t know how he managed to stay alive,” Rasheed said, pointing to a child who is the sole survivor of a family that was killed by the Israeli airstrike.
“Maybe he survived to witness what happened to the rest of his family,” he added.
Injuries were reported as Palestinians protested in the West Bank
Injuries have been reported in the West Bank following clashes between Palestinian protesters and the occupying Israeli security forces.
A message posted on social media by the new Shehab news agency showed Palestinian protesters carrying their wounded marching comrades on Saturday morning in Naples near the Hawara checkpoint.
In the early hours of Saturday, thousands of worshipers from the morning prayers in Nablus joined a large march in the city denouncing the Israeli occupation and the latest deadly attacks in Gaza.
#photo Injuries during clashes with occupation forces in control of Hawara, south of Nablus, following a march in support of headquarters, Oumah and Gaza. pic.twitter.com/mQpVrPiFj0
Shehab News Agency (@ShehabAgency) May 15, 2021
Bombings were reported in Khan Yunis of Gaza
Israeli artillery has reportedly affected some agricultural land in the eastern part of Gaza’s Khan Yunis governorate.
Safa Press also reported on Saturday that bombings in the coastal area of Gaza were also renewed.
No casualties or property damage were reported immediately.
The body of a child was recovered from the ruins of Gaza after the Israeli bombing
Members of a medical team in Gaza have recovered from the rubble the body of another child after the Israeli bombing of a residential property in the Al-Shati refugee camp.
Several people remain missing and are believed to be buried under the rubble of the bombing site.
Thousands gather in Nablus to denounce the Israeli occupation
Thousands of Palestinians marched to denounce the continued Israeli occupation and the ongoing bombing of Gaza.
Protesters were heading home after dawn prayers when they joined the march in the city of Nablus, according to a video posted on social media by the Safa Press agency.
Follow-up description A mass rally in Nablus after the Great Dawn prayers in support of Gaza and in support of the resistance pic.twitter.com/BaHCZr6G8H
– Safa Agency (@SafaPs) May 15, 2021
The Israeli air strike hits home in Shujayea
The Safa Press agency reported that an Israeli airstrike has hit and destroyed a house in the Shujayea district of Gaza City.
There were no immediate reports of casualties.
Shujayea it was the site of a heavy Israeli bombing in 2014 that killed several civilians. The incident was described as a “massacre.”