Israel police fire stun grenades at protesters ahead of Israeli nationalist march
At least 24 people – including nine children – have been killed amid a new wave of Israeli airstrikes on Gaza that continued throughout the night into Tuesday morning, the Palestinian health ministry has said.
The youngest victim was 10 years old, Gaza health officials told The Independent. More than 700 Palestinians have been injured since the outbreak of violence in the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem, including around the Al-Aqsa mosque compound.
On Monday, Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired rockets towards the Jerusalem area and southern Israel, carrying out a threat to punish Israel for violent confrontations with Palestinians in Jerusalem. Israel said six civilians were hurt in the barrage.
Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, accused the Hamas militant group of crossing a “red line” with its rocket attack on Jerusalem and promised a tough response.
Videos posted on social media showed Israeli police firing tear gas and stun grenades, some of them landing inside the Al-Aqsa mosque, in the latest in a series of confrontations that is pushing the contested city to the brink of eruption.
IDF has ‘foot on the gas’ and bombings will likely continue, spokesperson says
Haaretz cites an Israeli Defence Forces spokesperson as saying the country’s military has its “foot on the gas” and that the bombing of Gaza are likely to continue in the days to come.
It quoted Hidai Zilberman as saying the latest cycle of violence would carry on for “days” and that the IDF would attack Hamas with “great force”.
He added: “There is one address in Gaza: it is called Hamas.”
Jon Sharman11 May 2021 08:50
EU condemns Palestinian-Israeli violence
The European Union has condemned Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel.
Palestinians fired barrages of rockets into Israel while the Israeli military bracketed Gaza with air strikes during the early hours of Tuesday, in a major escalation of clashes in Jerusalem.
“The firing of rockets from Gaza against civilian populations in Israel is totally unacceptable and feeds escalatory dynamics,” the European Commission said in a statement.
“The significant upsurge in violence in the occupied West Bank, including in East Jerusalem as well as in and around Gaza needs to stop immediately,” it added.
The bloc’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, also called evictions of Palestinian families in East Jerusalem by Israel illegal and said they served merely to fuel tensions.
Jon Sharman11 May 2021 08:31
Jerusalem has been on edge for weeks – here’s why
The footage is extraordinary. In a video shared online Israeli police officers are seen throwing what sound like stun grenades into a room packed with worshippers in Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque, one of the holiest places in Islam and the most important symbols in the Arab world.
Against the intermittent booms you can hear the shouts of Palestinians, who were holding Friday prayers during the Holy month of Ramadan. Crowds rush to get out, writes Bel Trew.
Outside, another video shows Palestinians throwing stones and bottles back at police firing rubber bullets and stun grenades at crowds.
Several hundred people, mostly Palestinians, but also Israeli police officers have been injured over the last few days as violence has raged through the holy city.
Jon Sharman11 May 2021 08:15
Eight Israeli border police reserve brigades activated
Eight reserve brigades Israeli border police have been activated to help deal with the latest surge of violence, according to a report.
The Jerusalem Post also reported the Israeli fire and rescue service as saying some 40 fires had broken out in the West Bank overnight following bombing attacks.
Firefighters were also attacked by rioters in the Binyamin area, according to the service.
Jon Sharman11 May 2021 07:52
Images reveal scale of Israeli airstrikes
Images show fires burning and other damage from Israeli airstrikes on Gaza.
And further photographs reveal the impacts of Hamas-fired rockets in nearby parts of Israeli territory. The Israeli paramedic service Magen David Adom said it treated six people injured a rocket strike in the city of Ashkelon. Two were taken to hospital in moderate condition.
Jon Sharman11 May 2021 07:31
Death toll rises to 24 in Gaza, 700 injured in Jerusalem
Fierce exchanges of fire ran into a second straight day on Tuesday morning as Israel launched new airstrikes in Gaza and Hamas fired uninterrupted barrages of rockets into Israel.
At least 24 people, including 9 children, were killed by the airstrikes in the all-night airstrikes in Gaza, the Palestinian health ministry said on Tuesday.
Separately, clashes between protesters and security forces in Jerusalem have now seen around 700 people injured, after the ministry added 103 more to the tally on Tuesday morning.
The Israel Defense Forces said it struck more than 130 targets in Gaza overnight after more than 200 rockets were fired at Israel. The military claimed to have killed 15 “Hamas terrorists” and hit the home of a top Hamas commander, their intelligence headquarters and destroyed two attack tunnels.
Six Israeli civilians were wounded after a rocket hit an apartment building in the south of the country, the IDF said.
Shweta Sharma11 May 2021 07:02
Countries appeal for peace
The international community including the US, the European Union, the UK and Turkey urged Israel and the Palestinians to lower tensions as violence unfolded at the Al-Aqsa mosque during the holy month of Ramadan.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken released a video message urging all sides to de-escalate and said rocket attacks from Hamas must end “immediately.”
”We’re very focused on the situation in Israel, West Bank, Gaza, very deeply concerned about the rocket attacks that we’re seeing now, that they need to stop, they need to stop immediately,“ Mr Blinken said.
The European Union’s envoys to the Palestinians urged both sides to “respect the status quo of the holy sites” and asked the Israeli military to ”exercise maximum restraint and allow paramedics to enter to provide medical services to those injured.“
UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab condemned the “firing of rockets at Jerusalem and locations within Israel” and urged “immediate de-escalation on all sides.” He also urged an end to the targeting of civilian populations.
Protests continued in Turkey outside the Israeli embassy on Monday, meanwhile, against Israeli violence against Palestinians.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would “mobilise the entire world” to fight what he called Israeli ”terror.“ His statement came after his talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh.
Shweta Sharma11 May 2021 05:37
Israel: 10 hours of rocket attacks
Israel Defense Forces said “terrorist groups” in Gaza have been launching rockets at Israeli civilians continuously for the past 10 hours. The rockets began at 6pm local time and have been continuing “non-stop” till at least 4am, it said.
Shweta Sharma11 May 2021 04:40
The legal case at the heart of tensions in Jerusalem
Among the many factors influencing the violence in recent days in Jerusalem is an attempt from Israeli settlers to evict a group of Palestinian families from the disputed—some say illegally occupied—East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah.
Palestinians argue Israelis illegally annexed the area following the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, and the UN has warned evicting residents could violate international law about transferring property in occupied territory. The Israeli government, meanwhile, maintains it is a private land dispute between Palestinians residents and an Israeli trust which bought the land in 1876, an Israeli court has ruled.
Josh Marcus11 May 2021 01:32
Ilhan Omar slams Israeli ‘terrorism’ violence against Palestinian civilians
Minnesota representative Ilhan Omar sharply criticized Israeli violence against Palestinian civilians that has occured amid the broader tensions in Jerusalem over the last few days, comparing it to “terrorism” in a tweet on Monday.
Josh Marcus11 May 2021 00:48