Israeli war planes continued to raid the Gaza Strip in the early hours of Wednesday, according to local media, scattering residential buildings and killing at least four Palestinians.
The latest raid came hours after Israeli forces shot dead four more Palestinians and injured many more in protests and a historic general strike in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.
The strike was called as solidarity with Palestinians under Israeli bombing of Gaza.
At least 220 Palestinians, including 63 children, have been killed in Gaza from the latest violence that erupted on May 10. About 1,500 Palestinians were injured.
Twelve Israelis were killed, including two children, while at least 300 Israelis were injured.
Despite escalating violence – now in its tenth day – diplomatic efforts for a ceasefire between ruling Israel and ruling Hamas have failed to heal.
The United States continues to block the UN Security Council from issuing a joint statement calling for an end to the fighting, telling diplomats that a public statement would not help calm the tension.
France, however, says it is working with neighbors Israel, Egypt and Jordan, on a new ceasefire resolution.
China said it “supported” France’s proposal.
Here are the latest updates:
The radio journalist was killed in Gaza
A fourth Palestinian has been killed in the ongoing Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip, according to local media.
Yusef Abu Hussein is a reporter for the radio station, al-Aqsa Voice, co-sponsored by the Wafa news agency and the Shehab news agency.
Sawt Al-Aqsa Radio reporter Yusef Abu Hussein was resurrected after the bombing of his house earlier this morning in the neighborhood of Sheikh Radwan #Gaza today Gaza is under bombing # Gaza_stays #GazaUnderAttackk pic.twitter.com/rYl3kU4qtP
Shehab News Agency (@ShehabAgency) May 19, 2021
Israeli warplanes hit Gaza, killing three Palestinians
Israeli bombing in the Gaza Strip continued as early as Wednesday morning, according to local media reports, hitting a residential building in central Gaza City and killing at least three Palestinians. .
Three were also injured, according to the Wafa news agency.
This morning in Gaza pic.twitter.com/Xqyzvxv0FX
– GAZA TIME (@Timesofgaza) May 19, 2021
Palestinian armed groups also continue to fire at Israel.
An AFP photographer reported flashes of light in the sky on Tuesday as Israel’s air defense system blocked the rockets.
The UN chief is appealing for humanitarian funding for Gaza
Antonio Guterres, secretary-general of the United Nations, called on the international community to ensure adequate funding for humanitarian humanitarian operations in Gaza.
“We have seen severe human suffering and a lot of damage to homes and vital infrastructure in Gaza,” he said in a tweet.
We have seen severe human suffering and extensive damage to homes and vital infrastructure in Gaza.
I call on the international community to ensure adequate funding for our humanitarian operation in Gaza. https://t.co/lbKUIbhulU
– António Guterres (@antonioguterres) May 18, 2021
Earlier, UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock called on Israel to provide “unrestricted humanitarian access” to Gaza.
“Crossings in Gaza must be opened and remain as such for access to essential and humanitarian supplies, along with fuel for basic services and supplies to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” he said in a statement.
I am deeply concerned about the ongoing conflict between Palestinian and Israeli occupied territory.
To support civilians caught up in the crisis, we need adequate funding for response and unrestricted human access.
My statement: https://t.co/FAFtCf3bt6
– Mark Lowcock (@UNReliefChief) May 18, 2021
Pro-Palestine rallies in New York, Boston
Hundreds of protesters gathered across the street from the Israeli Consulate in the U.S. city of New York, condemning the ongoing bombing of Gaza by Israel.
Today, NYC has turned to Palestine as part of a global campaign of solidarity in support of the general strike waged by Palestinians. We will continue to fight until the Palestinians are liberated and Palestine is free. (It was just part of the march – the police shot us on the bridge.) pic.twitter.com/yY8KVVYuDU
– Andy Ratto (@andyratto) May 18, 2021
Rallies in support of Palestine were also held in Boston and Los Angeles.
– PSL Boston (@BostonPSL) May 19, 2021
– alaa 🌙 (@stanhijabi) May 18, 2021
For all updates from Tuesday, May 18, go HERE.