- Israeli Airstrikes on Gaza Resume as Tel Aviv Thanks Biden Administration for Blocking UN Statement Calling for Ceasefire
The Israeli military conducted a new series of air raids on Gaza after Israel’s defense minister expressed gratitude to the US for blocking a UN resolution calling for a ceasefire for the third time in a row. Israeli warplanes pummeled the Palestinian enclave overnight on Monday, local media reported.
The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) hit buildings near Al-Qatiba Square in the western part of Gaza, according to the Jerusalem Post, while local reports suggested that an office for Palestinian Prisoners’ Affairs was targeted, as well as agricultural lands. Footage purporting to show the bombardment and its aftermath has been shared on social media.
The strikes come amid mounting tensions between Tel Aviv and the Hamas government of Gaza, which were ratcheted up after violent clashes in Jerusalem where Palestinians protested against the eviction of several local families last week. Since then, Israel has blamed the Gaza-based group for firing some 3,350 rockets towards Israeli territory, and responded with raids of its own, which have so far claimed 212 lives, the Gaza Health Ministry reported on Monday. The bombing campaign has left some 1,400 Palestinians wounded, and forced some 40,000 families to flee their homes, according to the ministry. A recent raid that struck a building of the local health ministry has also reportedly affected the enclave’s main laboratory, bringing Covid-19 testing and vaccinations to a virtual halt.
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— TIMES OF GAZA (@Timesofgaza) May 17, 2021