Activists have fired some 1,600 rockets at Israel from Gaza in recent days, according to the IDF. That’s a third of the total fired during the 50-day war in 2014, a roadblock that James Cleverly, Britain’s Minister for the Middle East, called “unprecedented”.
However, around 400 failed and landed inside the enclave.
It comes amid reports that the IDF is making plans for a ground offensive in Gaza. A spokesperson said that “additional troops have been called in … comprising three regular brigades, an infantry and an armored vehicle”.
“Preparing for ground operations” was part of that procedure, he said.
Death toll exceeds 70
The latest figures on deaths from the latest outbreak of violence have been released.
A total of 74 people were killed: 67 Palestinians and seven people in Israel. In total, more than a dozen children died.
Jon Sharman13 May 2021 09:00
UK calls on Hamas to end rocket strikes
The UK is calling on Hamas to stop its rocket attacks, saying de-escalation is the “only way” to stop the casualties and deaths in the region.
“The simple truth is that the only way to minimize civilian casualties is to stop the guns,” Foreign Minister James Cleverly told the BBC. Breakfast.
“That is why we are calling on Hamas to stop firing the rockets and we are encouraging a de-escalation so that Israel does not feel the need to carry out military strikes on Gaza.
“And that’s the only way we can stop the injured, stop the injuries and stop the dead.”
While Israel has the right to defend itself, it must do so “proportionately,” he added in a later interview with LBC.
Yesterday, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said his group’s message to Israel was: “If they want to escalate, the resistance is ready, if they want to stop, the resistance is ready.”
Qatar, Egypt and the United Nations have been in contact with Hamas to call for calm, he added.
Jon SharmanMay 13, 2021 8:49 AM
UN warns of “all out war” as Biden says Israel has “the right to defend itself”
Catch up on yesterday’s developments
Alarmed United Nations warns of possibility of “all-out war” in escalating conflict between Israel and Hamas as third consecutive day of violence saw death toll rise above from 70 written Bel Trew.
World leaders urged both sides to step back from the edge and Joe Biden, facing his first major foreign policy test as US president, backed Israel and said he hoped the exchange of airstrikes and rocket fire would end soon, following a phone call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“I expect and hope it will close sooner or later, but Israel has the right to defend itself,” Biden told reporters after the call.
Jon SharmanMay 13, 2021 8:30 p.m.
Activists fire 1,600 rockets in days
The militants fired some 1,600 rockets at Israel from Gaza in just a few days, according to the IDF.
That’s a third of the total fired in the 50-day war in 2014, a roadblock that James Cleverly, Britain’s Minister for the Middle East, called “unprecedented.”
However, around 400 failed and landed inside the enclave, spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said.
Six civilians in Israel were killed and one soldier.
Israel has hit “600 military targets” in Gaza, including rocket manufacturing sites as well as larger storage facilities, Lt. Col. Conricus added.
Jon Sharman13 May 2021 08:10
Reports that the IDF is drawing up ground invasion plans
Israeli media reported on Thursday that Israeli army chiefs will approve plans for a possible ground invasion of Gaza later today.
An army spokesperson did not confirm or deny whether such an invasion was imminent, but told foreign reporters that “additional troops had been called … comprising three regular brigades, infantry and armor”.
He said that “preparing for ground operations” was part of the combat procedure.
Even if approved by military leaders, plans for the ground invasion would then have to be presented to the country’s political leadership for approval.
Israel prepared combat troops along the Gaza border and was in “various stages of preparation for ground operations,” a military spokesperson said, a move that would recall similar incursions during the Israel-Gaza wars in 2014 and 2008-2009.
“The chief of staff is inspecting these preparations and giving advice … we have a division headquarters and three maneuver brigades in Gaza preparing for this situation and various eventualities,” said Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus.