Our jets and aircraft just struck a number of Hamas launch sites and observation posts in Gaza.
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) May 14, 2021
Israel continued on Friday to bombard Gaza Strip with air strikes and artillery shells, ignoring international calls for calm, as it stepped up the deployment of troops and tanks near the besieged Palestinian enclave.
On Friday, Israeli troops are massing at the border, but contrary to several news reports, there is no ground offensive taking place.
As for Friday morning, the latest death toll has risen to 113, including at least 31 children. At least 600 people have been wounded.
Palestinians marked the first day of the Eid al-Fitr religious holiday on Thursday under relentless aerial bombardment.
At least six Israelis and one Indian national have also been killed. The Israeli army said hundreds of rockets have been fired from Gaza towards various locations in Israel and they have added reinforcements near the enclave’s eastern lands.
There have also been more violent confrontations between Jewish Israelis and Palestinian citizens of Israel in several cities inside Israel.
In another potential escalation, at least three rockets were fired from southern Lebanon towards Israel.
Meanwhile Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh urged Palestinian citizens across the occupied territories and in Israel to go out and demonstrate on Friday, the second day of Eid al-Fitr.
Safa Press agency is reporting a new round of Israeli bombardments in several areas of the Palestinian territory of Gaza on Friday morning.
Artillery fire and shelling were also reported in the town of al-Fakhari, east of Khan Yunis in Gaza.
A video posted on social media by New Press publication showed several alleged Israeli settlers attacking Palestinian homes in the city of Hebron in the West Bank early on Friday.
Clashes have erupted in recent days between Israeli settlers and Palestinian citizens both in the West Bank as well as in Israel.
Safa Press agency is reporting on Friday that clashes have erupted between Palestinians and Israeli security force at the northern entrance of the West Bank city of Al-Bireh, opposite the Jewish settlement of Beit El.
Protests have erupted across West Bank in support of Palestinians, who are facing heavy bombardment in Gaza.
Rocket fired from Gaza early on Friday has hit a building in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon, according to Al Jarmaq news.
The group Hamas, which is based in Gaza, said it has fired at least 250 rockets into Israel in the last few hours in response to the heavy Israel bombardment that killed at least 109 Palestinians.
United States Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield said the UN Security Council would meet on May 16 to discuss the situation in Israel and the Palestinian territories.
Israel defense forces affirmed in Twitter that they attacked Gaza using airforces
Palestinian diplomat Husam Zomlot also tweeted an image of flames and smoke in northern Gaza following an artillery bombardment from Israel.