Israeli Army Carries Out Dozens Of Airstrikes In Gaza

The Israeli Airforce carried out, Sunday evening, dozens of airstrikes targeting many parts of the Gaza Strip, killing at least three Palestinians, and wounding dozens, in Beit Hanoun, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

Medical sources said the missiles killed three young Palestinian men, identified as Moath Nabil Za’anin, Mohammad Awni Za’anin, and Mohammad Yousef al-Kafarna. Moath is a soccer player in Beit Hanoun, and Jabalia refugee camp.

استشهاد لاعب كرة القدم معاذ نبيل الزعانين خلال قصف إسرائيلي على مدينة بيت حانون شمالى قطاع غزة وكان الشهيد الزعانين لعب للاندية اتحاد بيت حانون الرياضي ونادي بيت لاهيا و نادي خدمات جباليا

They added that many Palestinians were injured, some seriously, and were rushed to medical centers.

Rescue teams are still looking for more victims, believed to be buried under the rubble of bombarded buildings.

The Health Ministry in Gaza said the Palestinians were killed during search and rescue efforts, trying to find more Palestinians under the rubble, when the army targeted the same area again.

It is worth mentioning that a Palestinian from the al-Qadi family, in the northwestern part of Beit Hanoun, was also killed in Israeli strikes.

The Israeli army also fired a missile into a four-story home, owned by the Affana family, in Sheikh Radwan, in Gaza, and destroyed it, in addition to targeting another home for the al-Ashraf family.

In an update, published approximately at 6 in the evening, Palestine time, and before the recent strikes, the Health Ministry in Gaza said the number of slain Palestinians was at least 192, including 58 children and 34 women, and added that 1235 have been injured.

The Ministry also said search and rescue operations are ongoing, as numerous Palestinians are still buried under the rubble which, many believed to be dead.

Moath Za’anin

Related: Update: 37 killed in Israeli Airstrikes on al-Wihda Street in Gaza

(Source / 17.05.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Injure Dozens Of Palestinians In West Bank

Israeli soldiers continued Sunday, the extensive invasions into several parts of the occupied West Bank, leading to protests that were met with live rounds, gas bombs, concussion grenades, and rubber-coated steel bullets, causing dozens of injuries among the Palestinians, including children, especially when the army fire gas bombs into a home.

Mahmoud Sa’adi, the director of the Jenin office of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS), said the soldiers chased and injured a young man during protests near the al-Jalama military roadblock, east of Jenin before he was rushed to a hospital.

He added that dozens of Palestinians suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation, in addition to various cuts and bruises.

The head of the Jenin office of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS), Montaser Sammour, said the soldiers also abducted Baha’ Mahmoud Abu al-Hasan, 20, Mohammad Nidal Houshiyya, 20, near the al-Jamal military roadblock.

In addition, undercover Israeli soldiers abducted a teenage boy, identified as Mahmoud Raed Ba’jawi, in Jenin city.

Furthermore, the soldiers invaded Bani Neim town, east of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and attacked protesters, before shooting a young man with e rubber-coated steel bullet in the head, causing moderate wounds before he was rushed to a hospital.

The army also invaded Ethna town, west of Hebron, attacked protesters before shooting a young man in the leg.

Dozens of Palestinians suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation in the al-‘Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron, after the army invaded it while the Palestinians were marching in solidarity with the Gaza Strip and Jerusalem.

In Hebron city, especially in the Zawiya area in the center of the city, the soldiers shot a young man with a live round in the leg, and another Palestinian with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the chest, and caused many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

The soldiers also invaded the Wadi al-Harya area, south of Hebron, and attacked protesters, causing many Palestinians to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

The soldiers also fired a barrage of gas bombs at a three-story home, owned by members of the al-Husseini family, in the center of Hebron city, causing a fire, and injuring many family members, including four children.

Palestinian Rescue teams and locals rushed to the property and started evacuating the family members from their home.

Palestine TV

The family said they were sitting in their home when the soldiers fired live rounds, and high-velocity gas bombs into the building.  The family suffered the severe effects of tear gas inhalation and due to smoke from the resulting fire, in addition to anxiety attacks among the children.

In Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron, the soldiers fired gas bombs, concussion grenades, and live rounds at Palestinians, who protested the invasion, causing many injuries.

In addition, the soldiers attacked dozens of Palestinians and injured at least two, in Beit Hanina and Shu’fat, north of occupied Jerusalem. One of the wounded was shot with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the abdomen, and the other Palestinian was shot with a concussion grenade in the head.

The army attacked the Palestinians in Beit Hanina and Shu’fat after they intercepted and deterred an attack by Israeli colonialist settlers into their communities. The soldiers fired many rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs, and concussion grenades. Undercover soldiers also infiltrated into Beit Hanina and abducted a young man.

In Silwan town in Jerusalem, the soldiers fired a barrage of gas bombs, causing fire, and injuring several Palestinians.

In Tulkarem, in northern West Bank, the soldiers invaded Ramin town, east of the city, and fired a barrage of gas bombs and concussion grenades at protesters, and homes.

The invasion took place while dozens of fanatic Israeli colonialist settlers gathered near the entrance of the town, in preparation for invading it.

Israeli colonists also hurled stones at Palestinian cars and many residents, in Wadi Fukin village, west of Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank, causing property damage.

The soldiers also invaded Husan village, west of Bethlehem, leading to protests in the center of the town, the eastern area, and around the local mosque. The army fired many gas bombs, concussion grenades, and rubber-coated steel bullets, causing several injuries.

In Ramallah, in central West Bank, the soldiers invaded Nabi Saleh village, northwest of the city, and shot a young man with a live round in the abdomen, causing a moderate injury.

(Source / 17.05.2021)

Israeli Colonists, Soldiers, Shoot Three Palestinians In Jerusalem

Israeli colonialist settlers shot, Sunday, two young Palestinian men while walking on the main road between Shu’fat and Beit Hanina, in occupied Jerusalem, while the soldiers shot a young man in Shu’fat.

Medical sources said a colonist shot Rauf Barakat in the abdomen while he was walking to his friend’s home, before Palestinian medics rushed him to the al-Makassed a hospital in Jerusalem.

The Palestinians had to undergo surgery that lasted for three hours, due to injuries to his intestines and liver.

In addition, a colonist shot Tamer Edrees with a live round in his arm before the assailant, and other colonists, attacked him.

Tamer said that Israeli colonists were driving five cars when they invaded the area, and about fifteen of them stepped out and started threatening to shoot the Palestinians, before opening fire.

He added that the Palestinians called the Israeli police once the colonists invaded their area, however, it took the police more than 45 minutes to arrive.

Once the police arrived, the officers fired gas bombs and rubber-coated steel bullets at the Palestinians to force them away.

In addition, the colonists infiltrated Shu’fat and tried to shoot the Palestinians, before the locals intercepted them, just shortly before the army invaded it started firing gas bombs and concussion grenades at the Palestinians, wounding a young man, identified as Mahdi al-Ammouri with a gas bomb in the forehead.

On Sunday afternoon, the soldiers killed a Palestinian, identified as Shaher Abu Khadija, 41, at the entrance of the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem.

It is worth mentioning that, on Friday, the colonists fired many live rounds at Palestinian homes, and assaulted many Palestinians, in Silwan and Sheikh Jarrah as well as other parts of Jerusalem.

(Source / 17.05.2021)

Settlers attack West Bank ambulances with knives

Nablus (QNN)- The Red Crescent said on Sunday that Israeli settlers attacked medical crews on Huwwarah military checkpoint in the West Bank city of Nablus using knives.

The Red Crescent said Israeli settlers attacked ambulances with knives. Medical crews were heading to the military checkpoint to evacuate native Palestinians, who were injured in a settlers’ attack on Palestinians’ vehicles.

Israeli settlers have been carrying out daily searching points on the roads of the West Bank to attack native Palestinians.

The Red Crescent had said that its crews have been targeted in several attacks throughout occupied Palestine by settlers as well as Israeli forces.

(Source / 17.05.2021)

Ongoing Airstrikes On Gaza At Dawn

The Israeli army is carrying out an extensive bombing attack on various parts of the Gaza Strip, in more than a hundred airstrikes at the time of this report.

Media sources said the army bombed dozens of homes, buildings, structures, public facilities, and even roads across the coastal region.

They added that medical and rescue teams are facing numerous challenges in reaching the bombarded areas, especially after the army fired missiles at many roads, including those near hospitals.

Most of the bombings took place in the western area around the Shifa Medical Center, north of the Rimal neighborhood in Gaza city.

Photo By Palestine TV

Among the confirmed targets of the Israeli strikes is the Ansar tower which includes many governmental facilities, in addition to the al-Maqousi residential building, various major and minor roads in Remal, Tal al-Hawa, Sheikh Ejleen, Rashid Street, and the western area of the Zeitoun neighborhood.

There are many, including many women and children; however, the intensity of the bombings and the destruction of roads is still hindering search and rescue operations.

The army also targeted electric grids near the Gaza Power Plant, causing serious damage and electricity blackout.

(Source / 17.05.2021)

Breaking| Following new Israeli massacre against civilians, Al Qassam warns to shell Tel Aviv

Gaza (QNN)- Abu Obaida, Al Qassam’s spokesperson, warned that the resistance movement would shell Tel Aviv if the occupation state continues to target civilian targets.

“The zionist enemy has intensified its bombardment of houses and residential apartments during the last a few hours. Accordingly, we warn the enemy that if it does not immediately stop bombing peaceful houses, we will re-shell Tel Aviv and make it a target of hour missiles again. Forewarned is forwarned. “Allah prevails over His affairs, but most people do not know””, said a brief statement by Abu Obaida.

Israeli jets had targeted several civilians’ houses as well as the building of the Ministry of Health, killing at least five citizens.

(Source / 17.05.2021)

Gaza death toll rises to 200 as Israeli offensive continues

The toll includes 59 children, 35 women and 15 old men

As the brutal Israeli offensive on besieged Gaza Strip continues for the eighth consecutive days, death toll rises to 200, Palestinian Health Ministry said on Monday.

In a brief statement, the Ministry said that the toll includes 59 children, 35 women and 15 old men.

According to the statement, 1,305 people have also been injured in the Israeli offensive in Gaza –43 per cent among them are children.

The Israeli military has staged airstrikes across the Gaza Strip since May 10, leaving behind a massive trail of destruction across the seaside territory.

Press remarks for the Head of Government Media Office, Salama Marouf, stated that more than 500 residential buildings have been fully destroyed in the ongoing Israeli bombardment, rendering the residents, who still alive, to homeless.

(Source / 17.05.2021)

Islamic Jihad commander killed in Israeli air strike

Armed group says Hussam Abu Harbeed, one of its leaders in Gaza, was killed by an Israeli air raid

GAZA CITY, PALESTINOW.COM – An Israeli air strike in Gaza has killed Hussam Abu Harbeed, an Islamic Jihad leader, the armed group said.

The killing, on Monday, was likely to draw a fierce response from the group that is fighting alongside Hamas, the movement that governs the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli military said in a statement that Harbeed had been “behind several anti-tank missile terror attacks against Israeli civilians”.

Soon after Harbeed’s killing, Islamic Jihad said it had fired rockets at the Israeli coastal city of Ashdod.

At least three Palestinians were also killed by an Israeli air strike on a car in Gaza City on Monday, medics said, after a night of heavy Israeli air raids.

Israel’s military said Gaza fighters had fired about 60 rockets towards Israeli cities overnight, down from 120 and 200 the two previous nights.

Hamas said its attacks were in retaliation for Israel’s “ongoing aggression against civilians” and called civilian casualties “pre-meditated killing”.

At least 200 Palestinians, including 58 children, have been killed in the Gaza Strip since the latest violence began a week ago.

More than 1,300 Palestinians were also wounded.

(Source / 17.05.2021)

Gaza: Calls for ceasefire grow, but Israel pushes on with war

GAZA CITY, PALESTINOW.COM – Israel is pushing on with its war on Gaza despite growing international calls for a ceasefire and a mounting death toll in the besieged Palestinian territory.

Gaza woke up to carnage on Sunday with rescuers trying to pull survivors and bodies from under the rubble of homes targeted throughout the previous night. The death toll of 42 was the highest since the Israeli offensive began.

At night, Gaza endured renewed bombardment with dozens of air strikes from the Israeli military.

Hamas continued to fire rockets on Israel on Sunday. The health ministry in Gaza reported that at least 197 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli attacks. Palestinian rockets have killed 10 Israelis.

Calls for an immediate ceasefire gained some momentum at the international level, but the Israeli government showed no signs of stopping the offensive.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated his stance that the war will go on “as long as necessary” after a cabinet meeting on Sunday, saying that attacks on Gaza will continue in “full-force”.

“We are acting now, for as long as necessary, to restore calm and quiet to you, Israel’s citizens. It will take time,” Netanyahu said.

UN meeting
A UN Security Council meeting failed to produce any results, amid media reports that Washington is continuing to block a joint statement calling for an immediate ceasefire.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the fighting was “utterly appalling” and called for an end to it. “Fighting must stop. It must stop immediately,” he said.

But the Security Council did not call for a ceasefire. Instead, Tunisia, Norway and China released their own joint statement calling for an urgent end to the war.

“Norway, Tunisia and China expressed deep concern about the situation in Gaza and the rising number of civilian casualties, and called for an immediate end of hostility, full respect for international law, including international humanitarian law and the protection of civilians, especially children,” the statement, read by Norway’s envoy Mona Juul on Sunday, said.

Sunday’s Security Council meeting was the first open session on the crisis following two previous meetings behind closed doors.

US envoy to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield said the human toll of the fighting has been “devastating”, delivering more moderate remarks than previous comments from the administration of President Joe Biden that offered unquestioning support for Israel.

“The United States calls on all parties to ensure the protection of civilians and to respect international humanitarian law,” Thomas-Greenfield said. “We also urge all parties to protect medical and other humanitarian facilities as well as journalists and media organisations.”

A day earlier, Israel had bombed a tower housing the offices of foreign media outlets, including the Associated Press, Middle East Eye and Al Jazeera. Israeli shelling had also killed two Palestinian doctors earlier on Sunday.

“The United States has made clear that we are prepared to lend our support and good offices, should the parties seek a ceasefire because we believe Israelis and Palestinians – equally – have a right to live in safety and security,” the US envoy said. “The current violence has deprived both communities of this basic right.”

But when it came to walking to talk, Thomas-Greenfield blocked a joint statement backing an immediate ceasefire, the Times of Israel reported citing several diplomats.

Biden’s unequivocal statements of support for what he calls “Israel’s right to defend itself” has been interpreted as a greenlight for Netanyahu to continue the war.

Ceasefire calls
In Washington, leading Democrats appeared to lose patience with the administration’s reluctance to call for an end to the fighting.

“To prevent any further loss of civilian life and to prevent further escalation of conflict in Israel and the Palestinian territories, we urge an immediate ceasefire,” 28 Democratic senators said in a joint statement.

Senator Todd Young, a top Republican, also joined Democrat Chris Murphy in calling for a ceasefire.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken intensified diplomatic efforts on Sunday, holding phone calls with his Egyptian, Saudi, Qatari, Pakistani and French counterparts. Statements from the administration announcing the call urged an end to the violence but fell short of an explicit call for a ceasefire.

“Spoke today with Egyptian Foreign Minister Shoukry to discuss the ongoing violence in Israel, West Bank, and Gaza. All parties need to de-escalate tensions – the violence must end immediately,” Blinken said in a tweet.

But the diplomatic movement and apparent shift in the tone from the US administration did not spare Gaza another night of heavy bombardment.

The Israeli military conducted more than 100 air strikes on the enclave late on Sunday and in the early hours of Monday morning, Palestinian news agency Wafa reported. The raids targeted houses and government buildings, including a four-storey home near al-Shifa hospital, Gaza’s main medical facility.

Wafa cited its correspondent as confirming casualties, including women and children without specifying the numbers. It said medics faced difficulties reaching scenes of the attacks and transporting the wounded because the Israeli military had bombed many roads leading to hospitals.

The bombardment also damaged power lines leading to electricity cuts across large areas of Gaza.

(Source / 17.05.2021)

New massacres in Gaza, Israel kills 181 Gazans, inlcuding 52 kids and 31 women

GAZA, PALESTINOW.COM — Israel’s aggression against the Gaza Strip has entered its seventh consecutive day, with air raids at dawn Sunday killing at least 33 Palestinians, wounding about 50 others, and flattening at least two apartment buildings over the heads of their residents.

According to the latest information from the Gaza health ministry, the slain victims included eight children and 12 women, while rescue teams with the help of citizens embarked on looking for any survivors buried beneath the rubble of residential buildings destroyed in Israeli raids on al-Wahda district in the central Gaza City.

A reporter for the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) said that the intensive aerial attacks on Gaza at dawn caused “massive destruction” to homes, facilities and roads, and also resulted in a complete power blackout in the northern Rimal neighborhood in Gaza City.

According to journalists and local residents, the air raids created craters that blocked one of the main roads leading to al-Shifa Hospital, the largest medical complex and central hospital in the Gaza Strip, which is located in the neighborhood of North Rimal in Gaza City.

Local sources reported that scores of martyrs from different families were evacuated to al-Shifa Hospital after violent air raids on their neighborhoods in Gaza City.

They added that the Israeli occupation army bombarded dozens of homes and apartments with no prior warning, committing a heinous massacre in Gaza City.

According to a reporter for al-Jazeera satellite channel, Israeli warplanes carried out about 150 air raids across the Gaza Strip in the early hours of Sunday, including at least 60 in Gaza City alone.

Israeli naval and artillery units also bombarded homes and structures in different areas of Gaza.

Meanwhile, the health ministry said many Palestinians were arriving at hospitals with injuries.

The home of Gaza’s Hamas chief, Yehya al-Sinwar, was also targeted, according to media reports.

Accordingly, the number of Palestinians killed, since the Israeli military aggression against the Gaza Strip started late on Monday, has now risen to 181 martyrs, including 52 children and 31 women.

More than 1,225 others have been wounded so far amid the ongoing brutal Israeli attacks on Gaza, according to the latest statistics that were released by the health ministry on Sunday morning.

(Source / 17.05.2021)