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    The situation on the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian enclave, has been deteriorating for the past week.

    For the past several days, tensions have been on the rise on the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip; around 2,800 rockets have been fired towards Israeli territory from the Palestinian territory, according to the Israel Defence Forces (IDF).

    The rocket attacks have taken the lives of several civilians and at least one Israeli soldier. Israel has launched hundreds of aerial attacks at military targets in the Gaza Strip, with the Palestinian Authority reporting over 140 deaths, including more than 40 children killed. According to the Palestinian Red Crescent, more than 1,300 Palestinians have been injured amid the current tensions with Israel.

    The escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict started earlier this month when the unrest began in East Jerusalem over an Israeli court's decision to evict several Palestinian families from the area and an Israeli raid on the Al-Aqsa mosque compound on the Temple Mount, one of the three most holy sites in Islam.  

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    • 03:48

      IDF Reportedly Strikes Saftawi Area in Northern Gaza

    • 02:39

      IDF Says Attacked Nine Hamas HQs, Weapon Depots, Armed Groups Commanders' Houses in Gaza

    • 02:00

      Israeli Drones Strike Near Hospital in Gaza City as Air Raids Continue - Reports

    • 00:52

      Red Alert Sirens Heard Over Israeli City of Netivot, Surrounding Areas & Southern Israel

    • 23:07

      Newly Surfaced Video Shows Recent Rocket Strikes in Gaza

    • 22:55

      IDF Confirms Its Aircraft Performing 'Extensive' Attacks on Gaza Strip

    • 22:47

      Israeli Fighter Jets Conduct 'Dozens' Air Strikes in Gaza - Reports

    • 21:53

      Palestinian Al-Qassam Brigades Armed Group Says Shelling Israeli Netivot Using Mortars - Report

    • 21:47

      IDF Releases Video of Joint Operation Attacking Hamas' Military Intelligence Compound

    • 21:17

      Video Shows People Chanting Takbir in Silwant Near Al-Alqsa Mosque in Support of Palestinians

    • 21:06

      People Gather on Rooftops in West Bank to Chant in Support of Palestinians in Gaza, Jerusalem

    • 20:37

      Red Alert Sirens Heard Over Israeli Ashkelon, Surrounding Areas

    • 20:03

      Hamas Says Any Ceasefire in Gaza Will Be on Terms of Palestinians, Not Israel - Report

    • 18:56

      China to Work Closely with UNSC Members on Joint Statement on Gaza

      China will continue to closely cooperate with all member states at the UN Security Council to achieve the adoption of a unified statement on the escalation in the Gaza Strip, UN Security Council President for May Chinese Ambassador Zhang Jung told reporters after an emergency meeting on Sunday.

      Earlier in the day, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the Security Council was not able to issue a statement on the renewed Israeli-Palestinian conflict due to the obstruction of one country, urging the United States to take a "just position" on the matter.

      "As the UN Security Council President for the month of May, China will continue to push the Security Council to take prompt action and to speak in one voice," Zhang said. "We must take actions and end the current crisis, especially through political dialogue, and China will continue to work closely with Norway, Tunisia and other members to seek the adoption of a statement by the Security Council."

      After the conclusion of the Security Council's meeting, China along with Tunisia and Norway issued a press element, in which they called for an immediate halt to hostilities contributing to the rising number of civilians casualties on both sides of the conflict.

      "We demanded the immediate cessation of all acts of violence, provocation, incitement, destruction and eviction plans. We urge both sides to work to urgently to lower tensions and end the violence," Norway's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Mona Juul said on behalf of the three countries.

    • 18:35

      UK Prime Minister Condemns Anti-Semitism After Slurs Yelled From Cars on London Video

      UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned on Sunday anti-Semitic rhetoric captured on a viral video from London showing people yelling anti-Jewish statements from inside cars covered in Palestinian flags.

      Demonstrations in support for both Israel and Palestine were held in many different countries as armed hostilities continued around Gaza Strip throughout the week. The footage was released on social media earlier in the day of a convoy of cars covered with Palestinian flags passing through London whose drivers and passengers yelled anti-Semitic slurs and threats.

      "There is no place for antisemitism in our society. Ahead of Shavuot, I stand with Britain's Jews who should not have to endure the type of shameful racism we have seen today," Johnson tweeted.

      The Metropolitan Police have already launched an investigation to identify those responsible.

      "We are aware of a video appearing to show anti-Semitic language being shouted from a convoy of cars in the St John's Wood area this afternoon. Officers are carrying out urgent enquiries to identify those responsible. This sort of behaviour will not be tolerated," the police wrote on Twitter.

      London Mayor Sadiq Khan expressed concerns about the video, saying that there is no place for behaviour that "incites anti-Jewish or anti-Muslim hatred" in London.

    • 18:14

      Israel Has Faced The Biggest Ever Number of Rockets From Hamas, IDF Says

      About 3,100 rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip at Israel so far, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said on Sunday, adding that 450 of them fell before crossing the border.

      "As of 7 p.m. [16:00 GMT], some 3,100 rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip at Israel, including some 450 failed launches that fell in the Gaza Strip," the IDF said in a statement.

      The Israeli military added that about 1,210 rockets were intercepted by Israel's air defence system Iron Dome.

    • 18:04

      Netanyahu Says Israeli Army Hit 1,500 Hamas Targets in Gaza Strip

      Israel's armed forces have struck 1,500 targets in the Gaza Strip in recent days, dealing a heavy blow to the infrastructure of Palestine's Hamas movement, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday.

      "Our campaign against terrorist organizations continues in full force. We will make Hamas pay a very high price for its aggression. In recent days, the Israel Defense Forces have hit more than 1,500 targets," Netanyahu told a briefing at army headquarters.

    • 18:03

      LAS Urges US to Engage More Actively in Mideast Peace Process

      The United States should engage more actively in the Middle East Peace process and depart from the Israel-favoring stance of the previous US administration, Permanent Observer for the League of Arab States (LAS) to the United Nations Maged Abdelaziz said in a Security Council meeting on Sunday.

      "The League of Arab States calls on the United States of America, in particular, to President Joe Biden’s administration, to engage in a more active and influential and deeper way in the Middle East peace process, an engagement that would dispel delusions created by the past US administration that Israel would get everything while Palestinians would get nothing," Abdelaziz said.

    • 17:26

      'One in Seven Rockets Hamas Fires - It Fires at Its Own People', IDF Says

    • 17:23

      Dutch Police Escort Pro-Palestinian Rally in Amsterdam

      A demonstration in support of Palestine is taking place in the Dutch capital of Amsterdam in the light of unceasing tensions with Israel around the Gaza Strip, a Sputnik correspondent reported on Sunday.

      Dutch political organizations have called for demonstrations in several cities to mark the 73rd anniversary of the Nakba — a term coined by Palestinians to refer to the mass displacement in 1948 alongside Israel's declaration of independence — and to express support for Palestinians amid the new ongoing wave of armed confrontation.

      Demonstrators are chanting slogans calling for freedom for the Palestinian Authority and the liberation of Jerusalem. Police are accompanying the crowd.

    • 17:01

      Six Jerusalem Police Officers Injured in Deliberate Ramming in Sheikh Jarrah Area

      A car was deliberately rammed into Israeli police officers in Jerusalem's Sheikh Jarrah district, where clashes with Palestinians originally began, leaving six officers with injuries of varying severity, Israeli Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said on Sunday.

      "Six policemen were injured in an attempted car terrorist attack in the Sheikh Jarrah area in Jerusalem. Two of them are in moderate state, four were injured lightly. The terrorist was shot dead on the spot," Rosenfeld told reporters.

      Unrest in the Jerusalem neighbourhood was triggered earlier in May by an Israeli court ruling the eviction of several Arab families from their homes. Palestinians staged mass protests, prompting Israeli officers to use force. Tensions escalated on May 10, spiralling into armed confrontations between Israel and Gaza.

    • 16:58

      IDF Says Some 190 Rockets Fired From Gaza Into Israel Since Sunday Morning

      "As of 19:00: from 7:00 this morning, about 190 launches from the Gaza Strip to the territory of Israel were identified. About 20 launches fell on the territory of the Strip.
      Air defence fighters intercepted dozens of rockets according to the interception policy," IDF tweeted.

    • 16:32

      US Ambassador to UN Says Washington Ready to Facilitate Israel-Gaza Ceasefire

      A man inspects the damaged wall of a residential building that was hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip in Ashkelon, Israel, Friday, May 14, 2021.

      US Ready to Facilitate Israeli-Palestinian Ceasefire When Sides Ready

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The United States is prepared to provide support and good offices if Israel and the Palestinian Authority agree they want a ceasefire, US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield said on Sunday.
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    • 16:21

      Pro-Palestinian Rally Takes Place in Istanbul

      According to our correspondent, the rally brought together about 200 people.

      The event was organised by the Turkish Bars Association (one of the oldest and largest legal associations in the country), the 2nd Bar Association of Istanbul, the Association of Women and Democracy (KADEM), and the International Union of Lawyers.

      The participants of the rally condemned Israel's actions against Gaza and stressed the need to respect international law. 

    • 15:59

      IDF Carries Out Strike Against Hamas' Arms Depot in Central Gaza

    • 15:54

      Intensive Diplomatic Contacts Under Way to Stop Israel-Gaza Escalation, Jordan's King Abdullah Says

    • 15:36

      Beijing Invites Israel and the Palestinian Authority to Hold Direct Talks in China

      Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Sunday invited representatives from Israel and the Palestinian Authority to come to China for direct peace negotiations to settle the ongoing Gaza escalation.

      “China will scale up efforts to promote peace talks and earnestly perform our duty as the Council’s president,” Wang said.

      “We reaffirm our invitation to Palestine and Israel to continue that dialogue in China and welcome representatives of the two sides to come to China for direct negotiations," the minister continued.

    • 15:26

      China Proposes Ceasefire in Israel-Gaza Conflict, Condemns Violence Against Civilians

    • 15:09

      Israel's Envoy to UN Says Hamas Planned Gaza Escalation to Gain Political Power

      Israel's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Gilad Erdan said on Sunday that the Palestinian Hamas group premeditated the ongoing escalation in Gaza to gain political power.

      "This is not the first time that Hamas has indiscriminately fired deadly missiles into Israeli civilians while hiding behind ... civilians, but this time it's different. It was completely premeditated, but by Hamas in order to gain political power," Erdan said during an emergency UN Security Council meeting.

    • 15:08

      About 10,000 Gaza Strip Residents Displaced Due to Israeli Airstrikes

      About 10,000 residents of the Gaza Strip had to leave their homes because of the Israeli airstrikes, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said on Sunday.

      "More than 10,000 people in the Gaza Strip were forced to leave their homes as a result of barbaric bombings, hundreds of buildings were destroyed," al-Maliki stated at an emergency meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) at the level of foreign ministers.

      The Palestinian diplomat accused Israel of "pursuing an apartheid policy towards the Palestinians" and called for the creation of an "international front" that would confront Israel's "aggression against the Palestinian people."

      The meeting was initiated by Saudi Arabia in a video-conference format as Israeli-Palestinian armed hostilities have not ceased for already one week.

    • 15:07

      UK PM: There is No Place For Antisemitism in Our Society

    • 15:01

      Israel Targeted Militant Tunnel System, Which Collapsed, Causing Homes to Collapse as Well, IDF Says

    • 14:54

      Israeli Army Chief Says Hamas 'Misjudged' Strength of Israel's Response

      "Hamas misjudged the strength of our response," Israel's army chief Aviv Kochavi said on Sunday, adding that Gaza had since been enduring an aerial bombardment of unprecedented "intensity".

    • 14:49

      UN Chief Says Extremely Concerned by Destruction of Media Offices in Gaza Strip

      Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres on Sunday described the destruction of media offices in the Gaza Strip as a result of Israeli airstrikes as "extremely concerning," stressing that journalists should be able to work safely in conflict environments.

      As armed hostilities between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas continued throughout the week, among the buildings destroyed in Gaza by Israeli rockets was a high-rise lodging offices of international media agencies, including The Associated Press and Al Jazeera.

      "Journalists must be allowed to work free of fear and harassment. The destruction of media offices in Gaza is extremely concerning," Guterres said in opening remarks to a UN Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East.

      The UN chief decried as well the targeting of humanitarian infrastructure.

      "I am appalled by the attack on a refugee camp in Gaza, in which 10 members of one family were killed. Humanitarian installations must be protected," Guterres said.

    • 14:47

      UN Special Envoy Urges Israel to Show Maximum Restraint, Spare Civilians' Lives in Gaza

      UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Tor Wennesland called on Israel to abide by international humanitarian law and exercise maximum restraint to save lives of civilians while conducting its military operations in Gaza.

      "Israeli authorities must abide by international humanitarian law principles governing armed conflict, including the proportional use of force, exercising maximum restraint to spare civilians and civilian objects, the conduct of the military operation," Wennesland said at an emergency UN Security Council meeting on the renewed Israeli-Palestinian escalation.

    • 14:42

      Air Raid Sirens Sound in Israel's Ashkelon Every 12 Minutes on Average, Military Says

      Air raid sirens sound every 12 minutes on average in the Israeli city of Ashkelon, one of the hot spots of ongoing hostilities in the Gaza Strip, Maj. Gen. Ori Gordin, the home front commander of Israel Defence Forces, said on Sunday.

      "The number of rockets fire at Ashkelon is 580 in five days. On average, as you can see, every 12 minutes a rocket is fired at Ashkelon and sirens go off. And civilians — children, old people and women — must go and hide in a bomb shelter," Gordin said at a briefing.

      According to him, Palestinian militant groups have significantly increased the range and intensity of attacks, especially in the central regions, compared to previous flare-ups in 2019, 2014, 2012 and 2008. More rockets were fired at Tel Aviv in the past day and night alone than during the entire 2014 operation, Gordin said.

      Tensions escalated on the border between Israel and Palestine's Gaza Strip on May 10. As of Sunday, about 2,900 rockets had been fired from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory, while Israel targeted rockets at suspected Hamas facilities across the border. The latest toll of casualties stands at 10 people were killed and 50 others seriously injured in Israel, and 181 killed and over 1,000 injured in Palestine.

    • 14:41

      UN Chief Calls on Israel, Gaza to Immediately Stop Fighting

      Israel and the Palestinian Authority must both stop fighting immediately, Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres said on Sunday.

      "Fighting must stop. It must stop immediately. Rockets and mortars on one side and aerial and artillery bombardments on the other must stop. I appeal to all parties to heed this call," Guterres said during opening remarks to a UN Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East.

      The UN chief added that the organization was "actively engaging all sides [to the conflict] towards an immediate ceasefire."

      "It [the fighting] has the potential to unleash an uncontainable security and humanitarian crisis and to further foster extremism, not only in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel but in the region as a whole, potentially creating a new locus of dangerous instability," he added.

    • 14:37

      Israeli PM Says 'Aggressor' Will Pay a Price

      Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during meeting with Israeli border police following violence in the Arab-Jewish town of Lod, Israel May 13, 2021.

      Israel Wants to 'Restore Deterrence' and 'Levy Heavy Price' on Hamas, Netanyahu Says

      The Israeli Prime Minister also said that the military campaign against Hamas in the Gaza Strip will continue “with full force.”
      Read more
    • 14:36

      Several Police Officers Injured In Car-Ramming Incident in East Jerusalem

      Screengrab from video of a ramming attack targeting Israeli police.

      Car-Ramming Attack Reported in East Jerusalem, Several Police Injured – Video

      The incident comes amid a surge in tensions that have escalated into widespread violence between Jews and Palestinians this week over the Israeli authorities' attempts to restrict access to a key Islamic holy site, and in anticipation of a Supreme Court ruling to kick Palestinian families out of their homes in East Jerusalem.
      Read more
    • 14:34

      Hamas' Rocket Launches Into Israel's Populated Areas Breach Int’l Law, UN Special Envoy Says

      UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Tor Wennesland said on Sunday Hamas' and other militants' firing of rockets into populated civilian neighbourhoods in Israel violates international humanitarian law and must immediately stop.

      "Hamas' and other militants' discriminate launching of rockets and mortars from highly populated civilian neighbourhoods into civilian populated centres in Israel violates international humanitarian law and must seize immediately," Wennesland said during an emergency UN Security Council meeting.

    • 14:15

      Is Gaza Ceasefire Near?

      A Palestinian man takes a photograph with his mobile phone of a building hit and destroyed during an Israeli Air strike in Gaza City, on May 15, 2021.

      Israel Reportedly Considering Gaza Ceasefire Amid Growing International Calls to End Conflagration

      Amid unabated Israeli-Palestinian violence, US President Joe Biden, speaking with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday, “reaffirmed his strong support for Israel” to defend itself while also raising “concerns about the safety and security of journalists” as strikes destroyed a Gaza building used by international media outlets.
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    • 14:11

      UNSC Begins Session to Focus on Recent Escalation of Israel-Gaza Tensions

      The United Nations Security Council meeting

      United Nations Security Council Discuss Escalation of Israeli-Palestinian Tensions

      Tensions on the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip escalated on 10 May following clashes in Jerusalem.
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    • 14:07

      Israeli PM Netanyahu Holding Emergency Meeting With Defence Minister, Head of National Security Council

      According to Netanyahu, Israel's campaign in Gaza is continuing with all force.

      He added that Israel will keep on fighting against radicals in Gaza and this campaign "will take time".

    • 13:44

      Jordan Confirms Two Nationals Detained on Border With Israel

      The Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates confirmed on Sunday the detention of two citizens on the border with Israel, saying that the embassy in Tel Aviv was working for their release.

      Earlier in the day, the Israeli police detained two people armed with knives who allegedly crossed the border from Jordan at night. They were sent for interrogation.

      "The foreign ministry confirms that it is monitoring the situation with the detention of two Jordanian citizens in Israel. The Jordanian embassy in Tel Aviv is in constant contact with the Israeli authorities and is working on the release of the two citizens," the ministry said in a statement.

      The detention comes as tensions keep high between Israel and the Palestinian Authority's Gaza Strip, with pro-Palestinian rallies taking place in neighbouring countries, as well as across the world.

    • 13:18

      Air Raid Sirens Sound in Beersheba

    • 13:16

      IDF Says They Recently Struck Two Hamas Warehouses in Gaza

    • 13:04

      IDF Reports Another Rocket Attack From Gaza Into Southern Israel

    • 12:56

      Israel's Gantz Meets With US Delegation as Tensions Keep High Around Gaza Strip

       Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz met with a US delegation led by a senior Department of State official on Sunday to discuss the armed confrontation with the Gaza Strip.

      "This morning, Defense Minister Benny Gantz held a meeting with a US delegation led by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Israel and Palestinian Affairs Hady Amr. The minister asked the delegation to convey to [US] President [Joe] Biden his deep appreciation for America's commitment to Israel's right and duty of self-defense," Gantz' office said.

      The defence minister said, as quoted in the press release, that the goal of Israel's ongoing military campaign was to "restore long-term calm on Israeli borders and the safety of its citizens."

      Tensions flared up on the border of Israel and the Palestinian enclave in the evening of May 10. As of Sunday morning, some 2,900 rockets have been launched from the Gaza Strip into Israel, with 1,150 of them intercepted, while the Israeli military targeted hundreds of rockets at what it claimed were Hamas infrastructure buildings across the border.

      Since the start of the hostilities, 181 Palestinians, including 52 children, were killed and over 1,200 others were injured, while Israel reported 10 people killed and 50 others seriously injured.

    • 12:36

      IFJ Urges UN Security Council to Ensure Safety of Journalists in Gaza Strip

      The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) demanded urgent action from the UN Security Council ahead of the meeting on Israel-Palestine armed hostilities on Sunday to stop the attacks on journalists in the Gaza Strip.

      As armed hostilities between Israel and Palestine's Hamas continued throughout the week, among the buildings destroyed in Gaza by Israeli rockets was a high-rise lodging offices of international media agencies, including The Associated Press and Al Jazeera.

      "The International Federation of Journalists has called on the UN Security Council, which meets today, to take urgent action to stop the deliberate and systematic targeting of journalists in Gaza," the organization said.

      The purpose of attacking journalists was to "silence those reporting from on the ground in Gaza," the IFJ believes.

      IFJ General Secretary Anthony Bellanger accused Israel of breaching its obligations under UN Security Council Resolution 1738, which requires that States provide protection to journalists in conflict environments. Meanwhile, more than 30 media workers have been attacked or detained in the Gaza Strip and internet services were blocked, according to the statement.

      "This outrageous targeting of media must stop," Bellanger was quoted as saying.

      The organization said it has repeatedly asked the Israeli authorities to properly investigate attacks and targeted killings of Palestinian journalists, stressing that impunity will likely lead to more attacks in the future both in Israel and in Palestine.

    • 12:14

      Israel to Destroy 'Infrastructure of Terror' in Gaza by All Means Necessary, Ambassador to Russia Says

      The Israeli air force is ready to continue the operation in the Gaza Strip until it entirely destroys the "infrastructure of terror," Israeli Ambassador to Russia Alexander Ben Zvi said on Sunday.

      "This is a war on terror. The shelling from Gaza continues all the time, more than 2,000 rockets were fired, attacks are going on all the time in almost all southern areas of Israel, up to Tel Aviv. And this is life: every time you have to hide in a bomb shelter, then go out and continue with your day. But we should not get used to it," Ben Zvi said at a solidarity rally organized by the Russian Jewish Congress.

      The ambassador stressed that if the operation ends before "the entire infrastructure of terror is destroyed," the attacks will resume in the future.

      "We cannot afford to do this again, to allow keeping our country hostage, and we will do everything to eradicate it," he added.

      The tensions on the border of Israel and Palestine's Gaza Strip flared up on May 10. As of early Sunday, some 2,900 rockets had been launched at Israel from the Gaza Strip, with 1,150 of them intercepted. Earlier in the day, the Israeli Home Front Command updated the toll of casualties as standing at 10 people killed, about 50 seriously injured and hundreds of others having received injuries of varying severity.

      Israel has retaliated by carrying out hundreds of air strikes on the Gaza Strip, killing 174 Palestinian civilians, including 47 children, and injuring over 1,000 others.

    • 11:32

      Number of Palestinians Killed in Israeli Strikes on Gaza Rises to 181, Health Ministry Says

      The number of Palestinians, who died in Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, rose to 181, including 52 children, the enclave's health ministry said Sunday.

      "The number of the killed in Israeli airstrikes since the beginning of the conflict escalation is 181, including 52 children and 21 women. The number of injured is 1,225," the ministry said.

      Palestinian health authorities expect the number of the dead and the injured to keep being revised up, as medical and rescue services are still searching the rubble in Gaza.

      The tensions on the border of Israel and Palestine's Gaza Strip rose in the evening of May 10. By the morning of May 16, some 2,900 rockets had been launched at Israel from the Gaza Strip, with 1,150 of them intercepted. Earlier on Sunday, the Israeli Home Front Command said 10 were killed, about 50 seriously injured and hundreds received various injuries in Israel. Israel has carried out hundreds of airstrikes on the Gaza Strip.

    • 11:22

      Israeli Air Defence System Intercepts 90% of Rockets, But Downed Ones Also Dangerous, IDF Says

      Israel's air defence system Iron Dome intercepts about 90 percent of the rockets launched from the Gaza Strip, but the downed ones still pose some risk for civilians, Maj. Gen. Ori Gordin, the head of the Home Front Command, said Sunday.

      "The Iron Dome intercepts about 90 percent of the launches, but it is important to understand that even intercepted rockets are dangerous. Large broken-off pieces fall on the ground, strike buildings, and pose a serious threat to life and health of people," Gordin told a briefing.

      Tensions flared up on the border of Israel and the Gaza Strip in the evening of May 10. Since then, 2,900 rockets have been launched at Israel from the Gaza Strip, according to the data released on May 16. Ten people died, about 50 sustained serious wounds, and hundreds were injured in Israel, Gordin said earlier on Sunday. Israel responded with airstrikes, which resulted in over 170 deaths, the Palestinian health authorities said.

    • 11:06

      IDF Carries Out Strikes Against Three More Hamas Strongholds in Gaza

    • 11:02

      Ten People Killed, Some 50 Injured in Israel Since Start of Recent Escalation of Conflict With Gaza

      Ten people died, about 50 suffered serious injuries and hundreds were injured in Israel in the recent escalation of conflict with the Palestinian Authority, Maj. Gen. Ori Gordin, the head of the Home Front Command, said Sunday.

      "Ten people died. I don't know the exact number, but about 50 were seriously wounded, and hundreds were injured in the current iteration of the escalation," Gordin told a briefing.

      Tensions flared up in the evening of May 10. Since then, 2,900 rockets have been launched at Israel from the Gaza Strip, according to the data released on May 16. Israel responded with airstrikes, which resulted in over 170 deaths, the Palestinian health authorities said.

    • 10:55

      Building of Labour Ministry in Gaza Strip Destroyed in Israeli Air Strike

      A building of the Labour Ministry in the Gaza Strip was destroyed in the Israeli airstrike, while a nearby building of the Ministry of Social Development was heavily damaged, the press service of the Gaza Strip government said Sunday.

      "This morning, Israeli military aircraft struck ministries of labor and of social development, which are located in the center of the city of Gaza. As a result of the strike, the building of the Ministry of Labor is completely destroyed, while the ministry of social development, its storage units and adjacent buildings suffered significant damage," the head of the government's press service, Salama Maruf, said on Facebook.

      Tensions flared up on the border of Israel and the Gaza Strip on the evening of May 10. As of May 16, 2,900 rockets have been launched at Israel from the Gaza Strip since the tensions began, with 1,150 of them intercepted. In Israel, 8 civilians and one soldier were killed. In response to the launches, Israel carried out airstrikes against the Gaza Strip. According to the Palestinian health authorities, the number of people killed in Israeli airstrikes reached 174.

    • 10:13

      Pope Francis Calls For End to Fighting Between Israel and Gaza Strip

      "I appeal for calm, and for those responsible to end the clamour of weapons and to take the path of peace...Many innocent people have died, amongst them there are also children. This is terrible. Unacceptable. Their death is a sign that (people) don't want to build a future, but destroy it ... I wonder where hatred and revenge will lead?" he said in a weekly address to faithful gathered in Saint Peter's Square.

    • 09:59

      German Foreign Minister Calls For End of Violence in Gaza

      German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas took to Twitter to condemn the ongoing violence between Israel and Gaza.

      "I keep thinking about the reports about the ongoing violence, fear & despair of the people. This is a highly explosive mixture that can lead to incalculable consequences, even for the region as a whole. We absolutely must prevent this from happening," Maas wrote.

    • 09:45

      Two People Armed With Knives Arrested After Crossing Border Into Israel From Jordan, Police Say

    • 09:35

      Death Toll in Israeli Airstrikes in Gaza Rises to 174, Palestinian Health Ministry Says

      The number of Palestinians killed in Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip has risen to 174, including 47 children, the enclave's health ministry said Sunday.

      "174 people were killed, including 47 children and 29 women, 1200 people were injured," the ministry said in a statement.

      Doctors expect the number of casualties to rise as medical and rescue services still continue searching the rubble of buildings in Gaza.

      According to the latest reports, about 2,900 rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory since the start of the hostilities on May 10. An estimated 450 rockets landed on the territory of the enclave, while 1,150 were intercepted by Israeli air defence systems. Eight civilians and one soldier were reportedly killed in the shelling.

      Israel retaliated by launching several hundred attacks on the suspected Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip.

    • 09:33

      Air Raid Sirens Sound in Israeli Southern City of Ashkelon

    • 08:40

      Fighter Jet Attacked House of Hamas Commander, IDF Says

    • 08:14

      Fighter Jets Attacked Weapons Depot in Gaza, IDF Says

    • 08:10

      EU Foreign Ministers to Hold Urgent Talks on Israel-Palestinian Fighting Tuesday

    • 06:35

      German Foreign Minister Says Israel Has Right to Self-Defense Against Hamas, Reports Says

      German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas stated that Israel has been exercising its right to protect the population from rocket attacks launched by Hamas, German Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported on Sunday.

      According to Maas, Israel has the right to self-defence and to protect its people from Hamas "rocket terror," Bild am Sonntag said. The minister stressed that the next step should be to put an end to the violence and return to the negotiations on building trust between Israel and Palestine in order to find a solution based on the coexistence of the two states.

       

    • 05:54

      About 120 Launches From Gaza Strip to Israeli Territory Have Been Identified, Air Defence Intercepted Dozens of Rockets, IDF Says

    • 05:27

      IDF Says it Targeted an Important Base of Operations for Hamas Military Intel in al Jala Tower in Gaza City

    • 05:26

      Israel Says Targeted Homes of Hamas Members Overnight, Including That of Politburo Leader

      The Israeli Air Force struck over 90 targets in the Gaza Strip this past night, including the homes of high-ranking Hamas leaders, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said on Sunday.

      "Tonight, the IDF attacked the homes of Yahya Sinwar [Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip and political bureau chief] and his brother," the IDF said on Twitter, listing other Hamas members, whose homes and offices were targeted, in another tweet.

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