Death toll from Israeli raids in Palestine rises to 149
Published: 10:38 AM, 16 May 2021 Updated: 04:51 PM, 16 May 2021
Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza Strip has entered its seventh consecutive day, with air raids in the early hours of Sunday killing at least four Palestinians, wounding dozens more and flattening at least two residential buildings.
With the new fatalities, the death toll from the violence has risen to 149. Of them, 41 are children. Some 950 others have been wounded. In the occupied West Bank, Israeli forces have killed at least 13 Palestinians.
On Saturday, the home of Gaza’s Hamas chief Yehya al-Sinwar was also targeted, according to the group’s TV.
In Israel’s Tel Aviv, people dashed for bomb shelters as sirens warning of incoming rocket fire blared across the city, and the Israeli military launched its “Iron Dome” air defence system to intercept Hamas rockets.
The escalation comes hours after Israeli missiles hit a refugee camp, killing at least 10 Palestinians, including eight children - and brought down a high-rise building housing the offices of media organisations, including Al Jazeera.
In a televised speech late on Saturday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to continue the offensive on Gaza for “as long as necessary”, while Hamas leader Ismail Haniya said, “the resistance will not give in”.
At least 10 people in Israel have also been killed, with two new deaths reported on Saturday. The Israeli army said hundreds of rockets have been fired from Gaza towards various locations in Israel and they have added reinforcements near the enclave.
The United Nations Security Council is due to meet later on Sunday to discuss the worst outbreak of violence in years in Palestine and Israel.