Dozens of civilians killed, hundreds wounded as fighting between Israel, Hamas enters 4th day

5/14/2021 12:09:00 AM

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.

The ministry also said that some of the dead who arrived at Dar Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City were suspected to have been killed by nerve gas. The ministry did not specify who the victims were, but sources told ABC News they were Hamas fighters who were in a military tunnel.

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Meanwhile, a total of seven people, including a soldier and a 6-year-old child, have been killed in Israel. More than 150 others have been wounded, according to the Israel Defense Forces.Mohammed Abed/AFP via Getty ImagesPeople gather in front of the rubble of the Al-Sharouk tower that collapsed after being hit by an Israeli air strike, in Gaza City, May 12, 2021.

Hamas, which gained a majority in the 2006 Palestinian legislative elections and took control of the Gaza Strip in 2007 after battling rival Palestinian forces, began firing abarrage of rocketstoward Israeli territory on Monday evening. In response, the Israel Defense Forces unleashed hundreds of airstrikes aimed at what it said were Hamas and other terror targets in the Gaza Strip, a 140-square-mile territory where 2 million Palestinians have lived under a blockade imposed by neighboring Israel and Egypt since Hamas seized power.

The Israel Defense Forces said more than 1,500 rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip into southern and central Israel since Monday, of which 350 failed and fell on the Palestinian territory. Israel's sophisticated air defense system, known as the Iron Dome, has also intercepted hundreds of rockets, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

So far, Israeli airstrikes have hit over 600 terror targets in the Gaza Strip, according to the Israel Defense Forces, including three high-rise buildings that Israeli officials said were used by Hamas. The Israel Defense Forces said it warned civilians in the buildings to evacuate before striking the targets.

Haitham Imad/EPA via ShutterstockPalestinians attend a funeral for people killed in an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, May 13, 2021. EDITOR'S NOTE: Faces of the dead have been blurred.The Israeli airstrikes have killed at least 25 combatants in the Gaza Strip, most of which are affiliated with Hamas but also with Islamic Jihad, a smaller Palestinian militant group. Several senior commanders in Hamas'"general staff" were also"eliminated," according to the Israel Defense Forces.

Islamic Jihad confirmed seven militants had been killed, while Hamas said 13 of its militants had been killed, including a senior commander.MORE: Rockets launched at Jerusalem by militant group Hamas, leading to unrestAbu Obeida, a spokesperson for Hamas' military wing, said in a video statement that the decision to attack Israeli cities was"easier for us than drinking water." Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to continue retaliatory attacks.

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It's the worst outbreak of violence between Israeli forces and Hamas since a 50-day war in the summer of 2014.Ronen Zvulun/ReutersA burnt vehicle is seen after violent confrontations between Israeli Arab demonstrators and police in the city of Lod, Israel, May 12, 2021.

As both sides continue to trade airstrikes and rockets with no signs of backing down, violence between Arabs and Jews has broken out on the streets of Israel. Authorities responded to"wide-scale riots" in various Israeli cities on Wednesday night, according to Israel Police spokesperson Micky Rosenfield. A dozen officers were injured while responding to the incidents and hundreds of people were arrested, Rosenfield said.

Authorities imposed a curfew in Lod, where buildings and cars were set ablaze on Wednesday night. A young Arab resident was shot and killed there on Monday night amid clashes between Arab and Jewish mobs, according to Rosenfield.There were also several different instances of Arabs attacking Jews, Rosenfeld said. In Acre, rioters torched a famous Jewish-owned seafood restaurant.

An attack on an Arab man near Tel Aviv was televised live by Israel's public broadcaster late Wednesday. The shocking footage shows a mob dragging the man out of his car and beating him until he lay motionless.Jalaa Marey/AFP via Getty ImagesA restaurant in Acre, a mixed Arab-Jewish town in northwest Israel, is heavily damaged after being attacked, May 13, 2021.

Israel’s prime minister condemned the rioting and violent clashes as"unacceptable.""Nothing justifies the lynching of Jews by Arabs and nothing justifies the lynching of Arabs by Jews," Netanyahu said in a statement Wednesday."To the citizens of Israel I say that I do not care if your blood is boiling. You cannot take the law into your own hands," he added."You cannot grab an ordinary Arab citizen and try to lynch him -- just as we cannot watch Arab citizens do this to Jewish citizens."

Hazem Bader/AFP via Getty ImagesPalestinians clash with Israeli security forces in the city centre of the West Bank town of Hebron, May 12,2021.The escalating violence in Israel has prompted at least three U.S. airlines -- American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines -- to cancel all flights to and from the Middle Eastern country, telling ABC News they are monitoring the situation and will continue to reevaluate.

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Hamas warned international airlines from flying to Israel, and said they will target airports.MORE: Israel is leading the world in its vaccinations, but the program is not without controversyU.S. President Joe Biden had a telephone call with Netanyahu on Wednesday in which he"condemned the rocket attacks by Hamas and other terrorist groups" and"conveyed his unwavering support for Israel's security," according to a press release.

"My expectation and hope is that this will be closing down sooner than later," Biden told ABC News after speaking with Netanyahu."But Israel has the right to defend itself when you have thousands of rockets flying into your territory."

Oded Balilty/APA member of Sror family inspect the damage of their apartment after being hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip over night, in Petah Tikva, central Israel, May 13, 2021.U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told reporters Wednesday that he was deploying Hady Amr, the deputy assistant secretary of state for Israel and Palestinian affairs, to meet with leaders from both sides in the coming days. Amr was expected to arrive in the Middle East on Thursday.

Blinken again condemned the rocket attacks by Hamas and repeatedly backed Israel's right to defend itself."There is, first, a very clear and absolute distinction between a terrorist organization, Hamas, that is indiscriminately raining down rockets, in fact, targeting civilians, and Israel’s response, defending itself," Blinken told reporters.

But he also noted that Palestinian children have been killed in the Israeli airstrikes, saying,"Israel has an extra burden in trying to do everything they possibly can to avoid civilian casualties.""The Palestinian people have the right to safety and security and we have to, I think, all work in that direction," he added.

Suhaib Salem/ReutersA Palestinian man views the damage in the aftermath of Israeli air strikes that destroyed a tower building, amid a flare-up of Israeli-Palestinian violence, in Gaza City, May 13, 2021.Despite talking to Netanyahu, Biden has not spoken to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. White House press secretary Jen Psaki defended the lack of contact by Biden on Thursday, saying Blinken had spoken to Abbas.

"The secretary of state is an incredibly high ranking member of the administration," she said. “Fourth in line for the presidency, if I'm getting that correct. He’s very close to President Biden, and certainly that sends a clear message about the importance of communicating with all parties in the region."

Israel and the United States both consider Hamas a terrorist organization. The U.S. government has voiced support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which would create an independent Israel and Palestine.Conflict between Israelis and Palestinians has raged on for decades, but tensions have heightened in recent weeks over a long-running legal battle on the potential expulsion of Palestinians from their Jerusalem homes.

MORE: 4 Palestinians killed, including teen boy and disabled man, by Israeli snipers in GazaHundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled or were displaced from their homes during a war that accompanied Israel's creation in 1948. Some Palestinian refugees were rehoused in east Jerusalem by the Jordanian government in the 1950s -- before Israel captured the city from Jordan during the 1967 war. Now, several Palestinian families are facing possible eviction from land that Jewish settlers claim they lost to Arabs during the 1948 war. Israeli law allows citizens to take back such land but it does not allow Palestinians to do the same.

On Sunday, the Israeli Supreme Court decided to delay a ruling on the case by up to 30 days after the attorney general requested more time to review it.Yehuda Perez/AFP via Getty ImagesRescue workers evacuate a woman by ambulance, amidst a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip, in the southern Israeli city of Sderot, May 12, 2021.

The recent fighting comes as Muslims mark Eid al-Fitr, the end of of Islam's holy month of Ramadan. The religious holiday is typically a festive time but the celebrations were much more somber this year. Thousands of Palestinian Muslims gathered at the al-Aqsa mosque in east Jerusalem early Thursday to take part in communal Eid prayers. In the Gaza Strip, Hamas has urged people to pray inside their homes or the nearest mosques rather than out in the open.

"The explosions, airstrikes are not stopping," Suhair Zakkout, a spokesperson for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Gaza City, told ABC News on Wednesday."And instead of now celebrating Eid by buying new clothes or buying toys for their children, people rush to the hospital and live their days in pain to lose their loved ones."

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World needs to hold Israel to account. Everyone point nukes at them and let it rip. Give 30 days for any decent people to clear out and then nuke them. Horrible gits Cuanta impunidad ,😡😥 QuarantinedCoof They don't build em like they used to. Not an Airstrike as the Explosion occurred from underneath the Building!

So, destroying a building filled with international media houses achieves what? Only goal seems to be hiding war crimes being committed in the name of destroying Hamas. Human rights advocates are still silent,God will soon turn his back to this people. Demolition site RyanFleury 😳💔😢 So, the Covid narrative became a mess, now you have to stage bombings in the Middle east? Super gay tbh.

Dear God. Please bring peace to this region. This would be a good time for the “All Lives Matter” types to speak up. corrupted western country that support this..

Dozens dead as Israel and Hamas escalate aerial bombardmentsHostilities between Israel and Hamas escalated on Tuesday, raising the death toll in two days to 30 Palestinians and three Israelis, with Israel carrying out multiple air strikes in Gaza and the Islamist militant group firing rockets at Tel Aviv.

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Israel typically gives advance warning of many of its targets precisely to allow evacuation by civilians and to avoid collateral damage. This may explain why the camera man was well positioned to document the attack from a safe distance. GazzaUnderAttack savepalestinians Perfect demolition to blame on Israeli forces. Hamas and Iran want to put the word against Israel . Can’t you people see that Hamas is a terrorist group !!get them out to get peace.

Israel, Hamas trade deadly fire as confrontation escalatesThe escalating conflict between Israel and Hamas claimed the lives of dozens of people in Gaza and 3 in Israel amid rocket attacks from Gaza and Israeli airstrikes. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the fighting would continue for some time. Not a word about Hamas firi g from schools and hospitals using innocents as shields.... ❤️🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤 ❤️❤️🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤 ❤️❤️❤️🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤 ❤️❤️❤️❤️🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍 ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍 ❤️❤️❤️❤️🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍 ❤️❤️❤️💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚 ❤️❤️💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚 ❤️💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚 SaveSheikhJarrah SavePalestine

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Stop calling it a conflict. Call it what it is: occupation. How devastating 🥲🙏🏼 This is terrorism!!! But at government levels the cameraman gave the target hes one of the israeli that work inside he setup the camera and gave the airplane where to hit They want to erase what ever belong to palestine. 'ISRAEL'.. GODS COVENANT SAYS : ISRAEL IS MINE.. 'THE HOLY LAND' .. IF YOU GO AGAINST ISRAEL.. I WILL DESTROY YOU.. AND YOU WILL BE DUST.. !! .. PRESIDENT TRUMP IS GODS ARCHANGEL.. Remember that.. 💒💒💒.. IN JESUS NAME. Amen. Capt. Immanuel Tavamani

How did they not jump When the first missiles hit, I jumped just watching on my phone.

Michigan student government urges boycott of Israel amid clash with HamasThe University of Michigan student government accused Israel of engaging in 'apartheid' and 'ethnic cleansing' against Palestinians and encouraged students to boycott the nation as violence between Israel and the terrorist group Hamas continues to escalate. They need to stop the corrupt BiBi Netanyahu It is not anti Semitic to believe the government of Israel is oppressing their Arab population. Many Israeli citizens voted against the current corrupt regime. American politicians are too frightened of losing Jewish and fundamentalist votes to take a moral stand on this.

👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻 INAMALAYAforPalestine INAMALAYAforPalestine Its not a conflict you stupid station news! Israel is attacking gaza n hamas is only protecting the palestinians. this_vid It's not a conflict, correct your words. Something is not right DpjSzn May Allah help them Lol they were all ready to go with cameras and all.

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Crece confrontación entre Hamas e Israel con nuevos choquesIsrael lanza nuevos ataques aéreos contra la Franja de Gaza, mientras que combatientes palestinos atacan el sur de Israel con cientos de cohetes

IsraelTerrorist How is it that they knew where and when to set up cameras Looks faked. 🇵🇸❤️🇵🇸 You misspelled 'massacre'. It's not a conflict. It's Israel murdering innocents. Why did this particular apartment building need to be demolished? freepalastine GazzaUnderAttack IsraelKoyak Fine line between defending yourself and ethnic cleansing, especially when one power is significantly stronger than the other. Something to think about, and just because you were subject to ethnic cleansing at a point in your history does not give you the right to do it.

Violence between Israel and Hamas shows no sign of slowingLATEST: More rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel on Wednesday, and Israel's military said it was striking more targets as the violence that has so far killed at least 33 people continued, officials say. Hundreds of more rockets fly from Gaza into Israel- Killing Israelis. Destroying both Israeli Jewish & Muslim homes/cars. Terrorists doing drive by shootings to kill Israelis. Iran's administration needs to be replaced what about the rockets that went the other way, huh?

Fuck the IDF This is not conflict this is genocide of Palestinians carried out by israelis!!! GazaUnderAttack Apartheidisreal IsraelTerrorist The IDF need to be brought for war crimes. They are the terrorists. When Israel kills children and bomb Gaza thats self defense. When palestinians fight back with literally nothing in their hands they are labelled as terrorists. The Hypocrisy! Wake up before Israel kills 10 more children in gaza GazaUnderAttack SaveSheikhJarrah SaveGaza

_thisvid IsraeliTerrorism Looks like it was just four missiles. Not a fair fight. This has to stop. Innocent people are dying There is not way to justify this. It is just blatant murder. It’s like 911 every day there... insane

Israel and Hamas escalate attacks after tensions in Jerusalem boil overAs America, the European Union and other countries called for de-escalation, Israel mobilised troops to the border with Gaza GazaUnderAttack FreePalestine FreePalestine GazaUnderAttack Presstitues, never mention the reason behind Israel mobilising troops... How about change the title to “call for stop Israel’s barbaric invasion?”

ranoguera 🙈 They seem pretty confident in Israel’s precision striking. Like they know that Israel is only going after specific military targets Israelis goes on the rampage destroying Palestinian-owned businesses. Just so it’s as clear as day, most of the news is blaming the Palestinian Hamas forces, this is nearly blatantly a cover so that they can continue a genocide. Seems that much of the news is not willing to discuss that, probably because they have “ties to do you Israelis somehow”

This is terrifying! 👍🏽 mexicancracker8 Now show white phosphorus they dump on children burning them to the bone. Looks like it was set to crumble. Idk. Israel please stop!!!

Abandon building. victorsojo Israel is committing war crimes right before our eyes. Defund the state of Israel! Free Palestine! 🇵🇸 Just wondering how the videographers knew that building was going to be leveled control demolition style? They barely acted surprised as the building came down largely on it's own footprint.... Strange... 🤨

يا أصحاب المبادىء والأخلاق والقانون ..يا ساسة العالم وقياديه .. يا هؤلاء الذين تدّعون حماية حقوق البشر والشجر والحجر ..كيف تصفون هذا المشهد حين تدك البنايات على رؤوس سكانها! وكيف بالله عليكم تصنفون الإرهاب وأنتم لا ترون في مثل هذه الجرائم الوحشية إرهاب! Hypocrisy is a disease Astonishing, whatever your politics or religion. IDF gave enough warning for building(s) to be evacuated and film crews set up. Then they demonstrated some of the most amazingly precise bombing. Almost like a paid demolition of the building!

The US gives $3.8BN (per year) of YOUR TAX DOLLARS to Israel for security, which is used for such demolitions. How MANY highschools would this money revamp? That camera guy has big big dragging the ground ones.

Reminds me of 9/11 usa أميركا القدس_أقرب القدس_لنا فلسطين_تنتقض فلسطين_قضيتنا_الأولى أنقذوا_حي_الشيخ_جراح PalestineWillBeFree PalestineUnderAttack Al-Shorouk Tower: 'A short while ago, Israeli army fighter jets struck a 14-story building in the southern Gaza Strip. The building housed Hamas military intelligence offices, as well as infrastructure used by the terror organizations to communicate tactical-military information'

MarkRuffalo 😔 This is an extreme power against civilians 💔 CathySilverman2 Weird how cameras were already staged..... It’s like they knew it was going to be blown to bits... (turn the cameras on and point them at that building) Comment les photographe et caméraman savaient qu'ils allaient frapper là. Ce cinéma entre palestiniens et Israéliens à trop duré. Laissez le monde tranquille et tuez vous en silence.