Today the President spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, reaffirmed his strong support for Israel’s right to defend itself against rocket attacks from Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza, and condemned these indiscriminate attacks against Israel. pic.twitter.com/baHWh1b6Q2
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 15, 2021
Director of the Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza, Mohammed Abu Selmia said Several people were killed and many others were injured due to the latest strikes launched by Israel on the Gaza Strip.
Sputnik reported the strikes came after the resumption of rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip on the night from Saturday to Sunday,
Abu Selmia said that the number of injured taken to the hospital continues to rise.
The Palestinian health ministry added many people remain under the rubble as the Israeli strikes have destroyed several buildings.
The situation on the border between Israel and the Palestinian Gaza Strip has been deteriorating for the last week.
Earlier this month, the escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict started when the unrest began in East Jerusalem over an Israeli court’s decision to evict several Palestinian families from the area.
On Saturday, Israeli warplanes destroyed a building in Gaza City with offices of various media groups, including Al Jazeera and the American Associated Press.
Meanwhile, the UN Security Council will meet on Sunday to discuss the ongoing crisis. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will address ambassadors, who will also be briefed by Tor Wennesland, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process.
In a post on Twitter on Saturday, Wennesland said he was appalled by “the horrific incident” in Al-Shati camp, and mourned all the young lives lost so far in the violence.
He called for an end to the hostilities, saying “children must not be the target of violence or put in harm’s way.” On Saturday, the Israeli army said that a total of 2,800 rockets had been fired toward Israel from Gaza in the past days, with 430 of the projectiles having fallen within the Gaza Strip.
Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza Strip has entered its seventh consecutive day, The Israeli military said it has launched strikes against over 672 military targets in the Gaza Strip.
In a televised speech late on Saturday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to continue the offensive on Gaza for “as long as necessary”, while Hamas leader Ismail Haniya said “the resistance will not give in”.
Several civilians and at least one soldier have been killed in Israel amid the exchange of rocket attacks.
Meanwhile, Palestine has reported over 140 deaths, including more than 40 among children. According to the Palestinian Red Crescent, more than 1,300 Palestinians have been injured.
Hamza Choudhury and Wesley Fofana, football players with Britain’s Leicester City, waved a Palestine flag during their celebration for their team’s FA Cup final victory, showing solidarity with the Palestinian people under Israeli attacks.
Thousands of pro-Palestinian supporters marched through New Zealand’s largest cities to protest against Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called on the UN Security Council to seek an early de-escalation of violence between Israel and Hamas. He also blamed the US for the council’s lack of action so far.
US President Joe Biden spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and reaffirmed his “strong support for Israel’s right to defend itself against rocket attacks from Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza”, the White House said.
He also spoke with Palestinian Authority President Abbas and “conveyed a commitment to strengthening the US-Palestinian partnership,” the White House added in a tweet.