Israel’s bombing of the Gaza Strip entered its seventh consecutive day, with airstrikes in the early hours of Sunday that killed at least four Palestinians, injured a dozen more and paralyzed at least two residential building.
The home of Gaza Hamas chief Yehya al-Sinwar, was also targeted.
In Tel Aviv in Israel, people ran for bomb shelters as sirens warning of impending rocket fire sounded across the city, and the Israeli military launched the air defense system “Iron Dome “to prevent Hamas rockets.
The escalation comes hours after Israeli missiles hit a refugee camp, killing at least 10 Palestinians, including eight children – and brought up a tall building which houses the offices of media organizations, including Al Jazeera.
In a televised speech, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to continue the Gaza offensive “as long as necessary”, while Hamas leader Ismail Haniya said, “the resistance will not give up”.
At least 148 Palestinians, including 41 children, were killed in the Gaza Strip last week. About 950 more were injured. In the occupied West Bank, Israeli forces killed nearly 13 Palestinians.
At least 10 Israeli people were also killed, with two new deaths reported on Saturday. The Israeli army reported that hundreds of rockets were fired from Gaza towards various Israeli locations and they added forces near the enclave.
Here are the latest updates:
Israel targeted the home of the Hamas chief in Gaza
Israel demolished the home of an elderly Hamas leader in the wake of the airwaves, according to the group’s TV station.
Yehya al-Sinwar has led the political and military wings of Hamas in Gaza since 2017.
‘Strongest wind attack in last seven days’
Al Jazeera’s Safwat al-Kahlout, reporting live from Gaza, said Israeli jets carried out 150 air raids across the Gaza Strip in the early hours of Sunday, including at least 60 in Gaza City only.
Emergency responders believe some families are trapped under the rubble of their dilapidated homes, al-Kahlout reported.
The Gaza health ministry said many Palestinians had arrived at hospitals with injuries.
Israeli military fatally shot Palestinian youth in the West Bank
Israeli forces shot dead a young Palestinian north of Tulkarem in the West Bank just after midnight on Sunday, Palestinian news agency WAFA reported, citing the health ministry.
At least nine people were injured after soldiers opened fire, and were taken to hospital, according to the WAFA.
Many crowds rallied in the US to support Palestine
Al Jazeera’s John Hendren, reporting from Washington, DC, said there was an “incredibly large show of support” for the Palestinian cause in the United States on Saturday.
“There were demonstrations in New York, Chicago, Colorado, and in Washington, DC. It was what we thought was a small pro-Palestinian crowd of thousands of people,” he said.
“They want the U.S. government to impose more on Israel, to end the conflict. There is a real sense of discontent that the policies of the Biden administration are actually not much different than the policies of the Trump administration or any other U.S. administrations over the past several years. “
‘Heavy bombing’ near the UN office in Gaza
Matthias Schmale, the Gaza director for the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA), reported “severe bombing” near the agency compound in the early hours of Sunday.
– Matthias Schmale (@matzschmale) May 15, 2021
For developments from Saturday, May 15, go HERE.