On Saturday, Israel renewed airstrikes after 200 rockets were fired, with the state taking out a media building that houses Al Jazeera and other outlets.
There were at least 10 Palestinians who were killed in the airstrike in Gaza early Saturday as the violence intensified day by day. Israel also blasted a high-rise building in Gaza City that housed media outlets including Al-Jazeera and the Associated Press after the military ordered it to be evacuated.
After providing advance warning to civilians & time to evacuate, IDF fighter jets struck a multi-story building containing Hamas military intelligence assets.
The building contained civilian media offices, which Hamas hides behind and deliberately uses as human shields. pic.twitter.com/zeDjEquePD
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) May 15, 2021
According to the Israel Defense Force, the building was being used by Hamas, and using the media outlets as a shield. Although the building was evacuated before it was struck, there were still people who died.
Saturda’s airstrike was by far the deadliest single assault since the battle with Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers erupted earlier this week. Both sides pressed for an advantage as cease-fire efforts gathered strength.
The recent discharge of violence began in Jerusalem and has continued across the region, with Jewish-Arab clashes and rioting in mixed cities of Israel.
For instance, in Gaza, there were at least 126 people who have been killed. This includes 31 children and 20 women. In Israel there were seven people killed, including a 6-year-old boy and a soldier.
On the other hand, the latest violence from Gaza is the explosion of the high rise building that housed media outlets in Gaza City including Al – Jazeera. Said airstrike also took down several other buildings in the area.
Nearby refugee camps were also hit by airstrikes which has been reportedly killed at least 10 people making it the single deadliest strike of the conflict.
The increasing violence has raised fears of a new uprising at a time when there have been no peace talks in years.
Meanwhile, on Friday, U.S. Diplomat Hady Amr arrived in Washington as part of the White House’s effort to de-escalate the conflict. The U.N. Security Council was also set to meet on Sunday.
Video shows the moment an Israeli airstrike hit and leveled the 14-story Al-Shorouk Tower in Gaza amid an escalating conflict between Israel and Hamas. https://t.co/Zwdwp29nE2 pic.twitter.com/O3xPEoCR20
— ABC News (@ABC) May 13, 2021
Since Monday night, Hamas has fired hundreds of rockets into Israel, which has pounded the Gaza Strip with strikes.
Mohammed Abu Hatab told reporters his wife and five children had gone to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr holiday with relatives. She and three of the children, aged 6 to 14, were killed, while an 11-year-old is missing. Only his 5-month-old son Omar is known to have survived.
“There was no warning,” said Jamal Al-Naji, a neighbor living in the same building. “You filmed people eating and then you bombed them?” he said, addressing Israel. “Why are you confronting us? Go and confront the strong people!”