Israel knocks down a six-story building, killing two in a strike from Gaza


Gaza Strip — Israeli airstrikes killed two Thai workers in a packaging factory in southern Israel hours after an Israeli airstrike knocked down a six-story building in the Palestinian Autonomous Region, a strike fired from Gaza. ..

The war between Israel and Hamas rulers in Gaza showed no signs of waning, ceasefire efforts were clearly stalled, and Palestinians across Israel and on the west bank of the Jordan River striked in rare collective action against Israeli policy. It was. General strikes could further exacerbate the conflict after the cramps of joint violence in Israel and protests across the West Bank last week.

The road leading from the Palestinian town was blocked in the morning to prevent people who wanted to go to work from leaving.

Since the start of the fighting last week, Israeli forces have launched hundreds of air strikes targeting Hamas’s militant infrastructure, and Palestinian militants have launched more than 3,400 rockets from Gaza’s private sector to Israeli civilian targets. ..

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On May 17, 2021, Israeli soldiers inspect a residential apartment for damage after colliding with a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip in Ashdod, southern Israel. (Maya Alleruzzo / AP Photo)

A recent attack from Gaza on Tuesday struck a packaging factory in an area adjacent to the territory. Israeli Magen David Adom rescue team said it had transferred seven more injured to the hospital, in addition to the two killed in their thirties.

Israel continued to bomb Gaza, leaving huge piles of rebar and concrete slabs in an attack on a six-story building containing bookstores and educational centers used by Islamic universities and other universities. Inside the debris were desks, office chairs, books, and computer wires. Residents sifted through the rubble and searched for belongings.

Israel warned the inhabitants of the building in advance and fled to the darkness before dawn. There were no reports of casualties.

“The entire street started running, then was destroyed and an earthquake struck,” said Jamal Helzara, a resident of the area. “The whole area was shaking.”

Since 2012, Hamed al-Ijla has operated a training center within the building, teaching first aid, hospital management and other skills to thousands of students. All that was left was a pile of red emergency bags, a medical coat wrapped in plastic, and a box of surgical gloves.

When the war is over, he said, “I will set up a tent across the street and resume work.”

Long distance to Jerusalem on May 10 in support of Palestinian protests against Israel’s brute force crackdown on compounds in the Jewish and Muslim sanctuary Al-Aqsa Mosque A fierce battle broke out when the rocket was launched and threatened. Expulsion of dozens of Palestinian families who refused to pay rent in a long-term legal dispute over the property of Jewish settlers purchased in the 19th century during the Ottoman Empire.

At least 213 Palestinians, including 61 children and 36 women, were killed in the airstrikes and more than 1,440 were injured, according to the Gaza Ministry of Health, which is not divided into combatants and civilians. .. An ongoing rocket attack killed 12 people in Israel, including a 5-year-old boy and soldiers.

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A Palestinian man inspects damage to a six-story building destroyed by an early Israeli airstrike in Gaza on May 18, 2021. (Khalil Hamra / AP Photo)
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The top view shows the remains of a six-story building destroyed by an early morning Israeli airstrike in Gaza on May 18, 2021. (Khalil Hamra / AP Photo)

The fighting has been fierce since the 2014 war between Israel and Hamas, but efforts to stop it have so far been stalled.

As the fighting prolongs, Gaza is short of medicines, fuel and water.

Israeli, East Jerusalem, and Palestinians on the west coast observed general strikes on Tuesday. Palestinian citizens of Israel make up 20 percent of the population. Life in Gaza had already stopped when the battle began.

The strike was aimed at protesting the Gaza War and seeking protection of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

Leaders of the Israeli Palestinian community called for a strike, which was supported by the Palestinian Authority on the west bank, where ministries and schools were closed. Most businesses seemed to be watching the strike, but Palestinians who wanted to go to work were prevented from leaving the Palestinian town in the morning to force them to comply with the strike.

The war also saw an extraordinary outbreak of violence in Israel, where groups of Jewish and Palestinian civilians fought on the streets, burning cars and buildings. Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli forces on both Israel and the West Bank.

Israeli forces said Tuesday that they had fired at 65 militant targets, including a rocket launcher, a group of fighters, and the home of Commander Hamas, who said the army was being used for military purposes. It is said that more than 60 fighters participated in the operation.

The military also said it shot down a drone “close to the Israeli border” in the northeast, far from the Battle of Gaza. It’s not clear where the drone came from, but it’s possible that the drone came from Syria.

The military said Palestinian militants launched 90 rockets, 20 of which did not reach Gaza. Israel says missile defense intercepted about 90 percent of the rockets.

Israeli airstrikes destroyed several buildings and caused extensive damage to the narrow coastal areas of more than 2 million Palestinians. It has been under the blockade of Israel and Egypt since Hamas seized power from rival Palestinian troops in 2007.

Hamas and the Islamic Jihad war said that at least 20 fighters were killed in the fighting, and Israel said that the number was at least 160 and was “excluded” by more than 20 militant commanders. He states that he has published his name and photo.

The World Health Organization said in a new report that the Israeli attack damaged at least 18 hospitals and clinics and completely destroyed one medical facility. Almost half of all essential medicines in the territory are deficient.

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A man inspecting the destroyed commercial building and the rubble of the Gaza Healthcare Clinic after an Israeli bombing on the upper floors of a commercial building near the Ministry of Health in Gaza on May 17, 2021. (AdelHana / AP Photo)

He said bombing of major roads, including the road leading to the major Shifa Hospital, hindered the movement of ambulances and supply vehicles. More than 41,000 refugees Palestinians have sought evacuation from UN schools in Gaza. Gaza was already struggling to deal with the outbreak of the coronavirus. Gaza also lacks fuel for electricity and water.

Israel has vowed to push the operation forward, and the United States has signaled that even if President Joe Biden said he supported the ceasefire, he would not put pressure on both sides for a ceasefire.

“We will continue to work as long as necessary to restore peace and security to all Israeli people,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said after meeting with Supreme Security officials on Monday.

The Biden administration has so far refused to publicly criticize Israel’s role in combat or send top-level envoys to the region. On Monday, the United States again blocked a UN Security Council resolution calling for the end of the “Gaza-related crisis” and the protection of civilians, especially children.

Among the buildings where the Israeli airstrikes were leveled were the Associated Press’s Gaza office and other media outlets.

Netanyahu claimed that Hamas military intelligence was operating inside the building. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Tuesday that Israel had provided the United States with information about the bombing. Israel does not publicly provide evidence of that claim.

Blinken refused to speak from Iceland and characterize the materials he received.

Associated Press President Gary B. Pruit reiterated the organization’s call for an independent investigation into the attack.

“As we said, we had no indication of the presence of Hamas in the building and were not warned of the possibility of such an existence prior to the airstrike,” he said in a statement. Stated. “We don’t know what the Israeli evidence shows, and we want to know.”

Fares Akram and Joseph Claus

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