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Two killed in Israel in rocket attack as Gaza holds funeral for 26 – Live updates – fr


Israeli police fire stun grenades at protesters ahead of Israeli nationalist march

Israeli paramedics confirmed that two women were killed in rocket attacks in southern Israel today as the crisis in Jerusalem worsens.

Both victims are believed to have died after a rocket struck a residential building and two landed in an open area. A third person is believed to be in critical condition.

It comes as the first funerals were held for some of the 26 people killed – including nine children – in a wave of Israeli airstrikes on Gaza.

Youngest victim was 10, Gaza health officials say The independent. More than 700 Palestinians have been injured since the outbreak of violence in the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem, including around the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

On Monday, Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired rockets at the Jerusalem area and southern Israel, which Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said had crossed a “red line”. Israel said six civilians were injured in the roadblock.

Videos posted on social media showed Israeli police firing tear gas and stun grenades, some of which landed inside Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque, in the latest in a series of clashes pushing the contested city on the verge of eruption.

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IDF says Hamas commander killed

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) tweeted in recent minutes that the commander of Hamas’s anti-tank missile unit, Iyad Fathi Faik Sharir, is dead.

The social media post added that he was “in charge of carrying out anti-tank missile attacks against Israel.”
In the tweet, he also confirmed that the IDF is still hitting additional targets in Gaza.
Joe MiddletonMay 11, 2021 5:19 p.m.
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Aid group says children pay ‘heaviest price’ as conflict escalates

The head of the Norwegian Refugee Council urged Israel and the Palestinians “to avoid further escalation and to avoid loss of life”, saying civilians, and especially children, pay “the highest price”.
The organization’s leader, Jan Egeland, said on Tuesday that civilians “once again” “bore the brunt of a dramatic escalation in hostilities.”
He added that the children, whether Palestinian or Israeli, end up with “not only physical scars but also emotionally damaged”.
The Oslo-based group called on “all parties to the conflict to end provocations and ensure civilians are protected.”
Egeland said in a statement that the latest events “also show that the protracted conflict and occupation are unsustainable.”
Joe MiddletonMay 11, 2021 4:49 p.m.
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More than 150 targets struck in Gaza, IDF says

IDF hit 150 targets in Gaza, militants fired nearly 500 rockets at Israel, Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus says The Independent Bel Trew.
“This is the first time since 2014 that [Palestinian militants] fired at Jerusalem. And the fire is more intense than what we have seen since 2014, ”he added.
Conricus said they had stepped up their presence on the border, deploying additional battalions for defensive purposes and boosting their firing capacity.
He said from their analysis that the rocket payload in Gaza had increased but that an abnormal amount of rockets – about a third fired – was insufficient in Gaza.
Joe MiddletonMay 11, 2021 4:34 PM
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Israel, Gaza slide into all-out conflict after another day of deadly violence

The crisis between Israel and Hamas in Gaza has turned into all-out conflict, with both sides suffering deaths and vowing to continue exchanging fire.
Burials began Tuesday for 26 Palestinians killed overnight in airstrikes in Gaza, and two people died in the southern Israeli town of Ashkelon, following a rocket barrage fired from there. Hamas-controlled enclave.
The rise in deadly violence was sparked by unrest in Jerusalem which saw Israeli police storming the Al Asqa Mosque in Jerusalem with stun grenades and tear gas and Palestinians threw stones, bottles and guns. fireworks over the police.
With tensions high, both sides found themselves on the brink of all-out war on Tuesday, writesThe Independent Bel Trew in Ashkelon.
Joe MiddletonMay 11, 2021 4:23 PM
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Independent Middle East correspondent takes cover after rocket scare in Israel

Independent Middle East correspondent takes cover after rocket scare in Israel
Footage recorded by Trew during the chaos shows her helping an elderly woman in a wheelchair as people run for safety in a nearby building.
Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus later told Trew that the IDF stuck 150 targets in Gaza and militants fired nearly 500 rockets at Israel.
“This is the first time since 2014 that [Palestinian militants] fired at Jerusalem. And the fire is more intense than what we have seen since 2014, ”he added.
Joe MiddletonMay 11, 2021 4:11 p.m.
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Protests in front of the Israeli embassy in Spain

A few dozen people gathered outside the Israeli embassy in the Spanish capital Madrid to protest against Israel’s use of force against the Palestinians.
Most of the crowd on Tuesday waved Palestinian flags. They shouted “Israel, murderer of the Palestinian people” and “this is Palestine, not Israel”.
Some held up pictures of Palestinians arrested by Israeli forces. All wore face masks as stipulated by Spanish health laws to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
Protesters shout slogans and wave Palestinian flags in Madrid

(AP)

Joe MiddletonMay 11, 2021 3:57 PM
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Rocket fire in Ashkelon “almost constant”

The Independent Bel Trew reports from the field that rocket fire in the southern town of Ashkelon is “almost constant” and residents are “terrified”.
She adds in a follow-up tweet: “Gaza health ministry officials just told me the latest death toll. #Gaza is still 26 dead and 122 injured. Among the dead, there are 9 children.
Joe MiddletonMay 11, 2021 3:41 PM
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Erdogan discusses Israel-Gaza violence with Qatar, Kuwait and Jordan

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is engaged in telephone diplomacy with the aim of ending Israel’s use of force against Palestinians, his office confirmed today.
Since Monday evening, the Turkish president has held talks with the King of Malaysia and the leaders of Qatar, Kuwait and Jordan, as he seeks a firm stand against Israel, according to his office.
The Turkish president, who strongly denounced Israel’s actions against Palestinians in the compound of Al-Aqsa Mosque during the fasting month of Ramadan, also spoke with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader , Ismail Haniyeh.
The latest round of fighting comes as Turkey reportedly sought to reestablish ties with Israel.
Joe MiddletonMay 11, 2021 3:26 p.m.
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UN condemns Israel’s “aggressive” response to protests

UN human rights experts today expressed serious concerns about Israel’s aggressive response to protests in East Jerusalem.
They called on Israel to immediately lift its threat to evict hundreds of Palestinian homes from their legally protected homes.
“Restoring calm to Jerusalem is important, but creating conditions for justice and equality in the city is even more important,” the experts said.
“Neither short-term calm nor long-term peace will be achieved until the national and individual rights of the Palestinian people of the city are systematically abrogated.”
Human rights experts added that Israel should exercise restraint in controlling any protest by Palestinians.
“The recent scenes of Israeli police and security forces attacking large crowds of Palestinian residents and worshipers only intensify a deeply inflammatory atmosphere in the city.
“A militarized response to civil protests against discriminatory practices only deepens social divisions. Respect for rights is the only way forward, ”added the experts.
Joe MiddletonMay 11, 2021 3:07 PM
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Egypt in “intensive talks” with militants in Israel and Gaza to reach ceasefire

An Egyptian intelligence official said Egypt was engaged in “intensive” talks with militants in Israel and Gaza to achieve a ceasefire to end the latest round of fighting.
The official said efforts began in late April as the situation in Jerusalem worsened.
He said Israeli actions, including the recent storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the planned evictions of Palestinian families from their homes in a neighborhood in East Jerusalem, have frustrated mediators.
The official said “the situation is changing rapidly,” but officials nonetheless hope to achieve a truce before the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr later this week.
Egypt frequently mediates between Israel and Hamas. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was discussing ongoing diplomatic efforts.
Joe MiddletonMay 11, 2021 2:52 PM



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