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Escalating Mideast violence bears hallmarks of 2014 Gaza war

Israel-Palestinians Latest: • Fighting bears hallmarks of devastating 2014 Gaza war. • Israel has pounded the besieged Palestinian territory with airstrikes. • Gaza’s armed groups have fired hundreds of rockets into Israel. • Death toll rising,

5/12/2021 9:49:00 AM

Israel -Palestinians Latest: • Fighting bears hallmarks of devastating 2014 Gaza war. • Israel has pounded the besieged Palestinian territory with airstrikes. • Gaza ’s armed groups have fired hundreds of rockets into Israel . • Death toll rising,

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Rockets streamed out of Gaza and Israel pounded the territory with airstrikes early Wednesday as the most severe outbreak of violence since the 2014 war took on many hallmarks of that devastating 50-day conflict, with no endgame in sight...

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Rockets streamed out of Gaza and Israel pounded the territory with airstrikes early Wednesday as the most severe outbreak of violence since the 2014 war took on many hallmarks of that devastating 50-day conflict, with no endgame in sight.

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Gaza’s Hamas rulers and other militant groups have fired barrages of hundreds of rockets that at times have overwhelmed Israel’s missile defenses, causing air raid sirens and explosions to echo across Tel Aviv, Israel’s biggest metropolitan area, and other cities.

Israeli airstrikes have leveled two apartment towers in the Gaza Strip, where 2 million Palestinians have lived under a crippling Israeli-Egyptian blockade since Hamas took power in 2007. Warning shots have allowed civilians to evacuate the buildings, but the material losses will be immense. Israel faced heavy criticism over the tactic during the 2014 war. headtopics.com

ADVERTISEMENTJust after daybreak Wednesday, Israel unleashed dozens of airstrikes in the course of a few minutes, targeting police and security installations, witnesses said. A wall of dark gray smoke rose over Gaza City. The Hamas-run Interior Ministry said airstrikes destroyed the central police headquarters in Gaza City, a compound with several buildings.

The death toll in Gaza rose to 35 Palestinians, including 12 children and three women, according to the Health Ministry. Some 233 people were wounded. Five Israelis, including three women and a child, were killed by rocket fire Tuesday and early Wednesday, and dozens of people were wounded.

The Israeli military said militants have fired more 1,050 rockets since the conflict began, with 200 of them falling short and landing inside Gaza. The military said it also shot down a drone that entered Israel from Gaza. Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, a military spokesman, said two infantry brigades were sent to the area, indicating preparations for a possible ground invasion.

Samah Haboub, a mother of four in Gaza, said she was thrown across her bedroom in a “moment of horror” by an airstrike on an apartment tower next door. She and her children, aged three to 14, ran down the stairway of their apartment block along with other residents, many of them screaming and crying. headtopics.com

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“There is almost no safe place in Gaza,” she said.The destruction of apartment apartment towers was among several tactics used during the 2014 war that are now the subject ofan investigation by the International Criminal Court into possible war crimes

. Israel is not a member of the court and has rejected the probe.Conricus said Israeli forces have strict rules of engagement and follow international laws on armed conflict. “We are definitely very mindful of civilian casualties in Gaza and we want to minimize them,” he said. “That’s the priority.”

ADVERTISEMENTThe latest eruption of violence began a month ago in Jerusalem, where heavy-handed police tactics during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and the threatened eviction of dozens of Palestinian families by Jewish settlers ignited protests and clashes with police. A focal point was the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, a holy site sacred to Jews and Muslims.

Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since the Islamic militant group seized power in Gaza from rival Palestinian forces in 2007. The conflicts ended after regional and international powers convinced both sides to accept an informal truce.While the violence has been widely condemned, there is no sign that either side is willing to back down. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to expand the offensive, saying “this will take time.” headtopics.com

The unrest in Jerusalem has spread across Israel itself, with an outbreak of communal violence in mixed Jewish-Arab communities, as Hamas has called for a full-scale Palestinian intifada, or uprising. The last such uprising also began with violence at the Al-Aqsa mosque, in 2000, and lasted more than five years.

The Gaza Health Ministry said the 35 dead include 12 children and 3 women, with another 233 people wounded. Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Kidra said the targeting of residential neighborhoods left people “in a state of panic.”In the Israeli city of Lod, a 52-year-old man and his 16-year-old daughter were killed early Wednesday when a rocket had landed in the courtyard of their one-story home. Their car parked outside was wrecked and the interior of the house was filled by debris.

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Lod also saw heavy clashes after thousands of mourners joined a funeral for an Arab man killed by a suspected Jewish gunman the previous night. The crowd fought with police, and set a synagogue and some 30 vehicles, including a police car, on fire, Israeli media reported. Paramedics said a 56-year-old man was seriously hurt after his car was pelted with stones.

“An intifada erupted in Lod, you have to bring in the army,” the city’s mayor, Yair Revivo, said. Authorities have declared a state of emergency and ordered the redeployment of nine paramilitary border police companies from the occupied West Bank as reinforcements.

In neighboring Ramle, ultra-nationalist Jewish demonstrators were filmed attacking cars belonging to Arabs. In the northern port town of Acre, protesters torched a Jewish-owned restaurant and hotel. Police said they arrested more than 150 people involved in “disturbances and riots” overnight in northern and central Israel.

Confrontations erupted last weekend at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, which is the third-holiest site in Islam and the holiest site in Judaism. Over four days, Israeli police fired tear gas and stun grenades at Palestinians in the compound who hurled stones and chairs at the forces. At times, police fired stun grenades into the carpeted mosque.

On Monday evening, Hamas began firing rockets from Gaza. From there on, the escalation was rapid.In a televised address, Hamas’ exiled leader, Ismail Haniyeh, said Israel bore responsibility. “It’s the Israeli occupation that set Jerusalem on fire, and the flames reached Gaza,” he said.

Hamas has not commented on Israel’s claims that it has killed a number of high-ranking militants. Islamic Jihad confirmed that three senior commanders were killed in a strike on their hideout in a Gaza City apartment building.Netanyahu said Israel had attacked hundreds of targets. The fiercest attack was a set of airstrikes that brought down an entire 12-story building. The building housed important Hamas offices, as well as a gym and some start-up businesses. Israel fired a series of warning shots before demolishing the building, allowing people to flee and there were no casualties.

Israeli aircraft heavily damaged another Gaza City building early Wednesday. The nine-story structure housed residential apartments, medical companies and a dental clinic. A drone fired five warning rockets before the bombing. Israel said the building housed Hamas intelligence offices and the group’s command responsible for planning attacks on Israeli targets in the occupied West Bank.

Fighter jets struck the building again after journalists and rescuers had gathered around. There was no immediate word on casualties. The high-rise stood 200 meters (650 feet) away from the Associated Press bureau in Gaza City, and smoke and debris reached the office.

Soon after the bombing, Hamas announced that it would resume its attacks, and fired 100 rockets at the Israeli desert town of Beersheba. Hamas said the renewed barrage was in response to the strike on the building.Diplomats sought to intervene, with Qatar, Egypt and the United Nations working to deliver a cease-fire. All three serve as mediators between Israel and Hamas.

The U.N. Security Council planned to hold its second closed emergency meeting in three days Wednesday on the escalating violence, an indication of growing international concern. Council diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity because discussions have been private, said the U.N.’s most powerful body did not issue a statement because of U.S. concerns that it could escalate tensions.

___Krauss reported from Jerusalem. Associated Press writer Karin Laub in the West Bank contributed. Read more: The Associated Press »

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This land the birth of Christ. It's sad to see that they are still fighting til this day. Tell them to fight each other with primitive weapons like knives, sticks and stones and see how long the fighting goes on... The world needs to finally See what a barbaric pirate state Israel is and the days of it hiding behind US’s protection and getting away with immense genocide, piracy and corruption, should come to an end! EnoughIsEnough StopIsraeliTerrorism IsraelWarCrimes IsraelisAparthide

Israel = the New Nazis WeStandWithPalestine FreePalestine 🥺🇵🇸 Blow Gaza off the map already HAMAS & PLO terrorists never know when to quit. I feel bad for their people, having such monsters are leaders. They never wanted peace, only war. President Magoo where are you? We should all refer to the situation in Gaza for EXACTLY what it is: a city & a people that have been under siege for 103 years now; first by the British, then by the Egyptians, and now by the Isreali's for the last 54 years. Let us be precise in our language.

not cool man Imagine if Mexico were firing missiles at US apartment complexes and homes that were built too close to the border. That's what Israel is doing to Palestine. There's no excuse for destroying the homes of people living peacefully within the borders of their nation.

Explosions rock Gaza as escalating Israeli aggression kills 35 PalestiniansAt least 35 people are dead in Gaza , including two women and 12 children, as Israel i missiles pound the enclave in an escalating aggression against blockaded Palestinians What about Hamas What is the response of UAE, Bahrain, Morocco, Sudan? The four normalisation TRAITORS! FreePalestine

The realization is simple. This physical being is aware of the environment with my five senses. Let the focused NERVOUS attention totally relax without trying at all. To evolve it's no longer needed. The US cannot intervene in this. We could start a ww if we go into this. Can't Israel just go wipe them out and end it?

Rise up Palestine and fight. If the government of the State of Israel continues to kill the children of Gaza, we will send the entire State of Israel to Mars Imagine all that money wasted on rockets. They should use that money from Iran and run. Buy an island Really interesting the way you spaced these bullet points, almost implying that the rocket fire resulted in the mounting death toll and not the airstrikes targeting civilian populations.

This is hallmarks of something greater than the Gaza War of 2014. IF the world will wake up & we can stop from filling the streets & valleys with Israeli & Palestinian blood. Fucking religion........ Why is nobody doing anything? UN or some sort of special forces need to go in and arrest these nutjobs before they cause ww3! all need arresting for war crimes, god help they turn on other countries!

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Remember this Jewish people who actually cared for Israel 🇮🇱. Trump did and this never happened. You voted in a racist bigoted Democrat and now look. I love the holy land and you all are continually making it worse by voting Democrat. Think in 2024 and 2022. Yep. looks like Trump and JR sure brought peace to the area alright 🙄🤦🏼‍♂️

Once again governments fighting with small penis putting innocent peoples lives in grave danger. Grow the eff up and just live life already Good. Winner take all. Sick of hearing about this drama 😴 I guess the current administration picked up where they left off..😢 IndiaStandsWithIsrael Will Israel just end this bs once and for all. Reminds of Carter and Iran.

Can it still be called a WAR if only one side has a military force, you know, like an air force, naval ships, a well equipped ground army ? Fire rockets into Israel and you deserve to be obliterated PalestineUnderAttack

At least 35 killed in Gaza as Israel ramps up airstrikes in response to rocket attacksAt least 35 people, including 12 children, have been killed in Gaza by recent Israel i airstrikes, the Palestinian Ministry of Health says Also, Tell a indian died getting strucked by a Hamas rocket. Speak about the civilian casualty on the jews side as well. Ohh, You won't do that because you are fake news Have you seen Israel? You are not Americans. CNN needs to move from my country. It has been made a mess, Trump and his son had a very good relationship to maintain control and peace, current administration seems very much lost.

Israel would wipe them out in one second. I’d chill if I was hamas America has to stay out or else they’re going to shut down the weather Both Palestinians and Israelis have the same number of population but Israel has a state, Palestinians do not (though they have lived on that soil for centuries). Let one side wipe the other out, or better yet let both sides insure each other’s mutual destruction.

HallmarkBearings cjg57 jatkat45 Not sure what Israel expects, except that us and the rest of the world fears any idea of any western european country going to war with the Jewish people d/t WWII. If you keep persecuting a people, they will fight back. Look at the battle of the Warsaw ghetto the parallel.

A war will be welcomed by many and taken to other countries. War? Is some army stepping up to fight for the Palestinians? Something to match one of the most high tech nuclear armed militaries in the world? No, just Israel bombing the crap out of a trapped population that's 50% children. Again. The AP once again being dishonest and anti-Israel!!

Israel launches airstrikes after rockets fired from Gaza in day of escalationCNN’s team runs for shelter as sirens go off in Israel amid escalating tension and violence. Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza exchanged fire after clashes in Jerusalem, leaving hundreds of Palestinians injured, official sources and pictures showed Crazy that this just all started with a simple eviction. The Israelis are guilty of Domestic terrorism they are heartless brutal barbarians, committing crimes against humanity, straight to The Hague. Yeah the colonial state known as 'Israel' kinda killed children last night.... Oh wait they were Palestinian I forgot that they don't count as people ma bad

Normalise going to bed at night without some ****** bombing your house AP wants you to believe that Israel launched strikes first. And if it wasn’t for the Iron Dome, the casualties on their side would be drastic if the 1000 missiles had reached their targets Distruction of the history should not allowed in any way , Condemn violence & hate, live with co existence, mutual respect , brother hood , & equality. We need both Palestine & Israel.

Liars. Israel responded to Hamas Both should just continue the armed conflict! Prolong it! AS much as You CAN! So noone can fully claim that country either ISRAEL or PALESTINE! IDF 👍🏻👍🏻🇮🇱🙏🏽 Why are you purposely misleading ppl into thinking struck first Incredible spin job on that timeline. Way to stick with the propaganda message

Keep pounding Palestine into the dark ages Rocket attacks are declarations of war in most places😡❗️

Israel strikes Gaza, Hamas fires rockets after hundreds hurt in clashes Israel 's army on Monday said it launched airstrikes on Gaza in response to rockets fired by Hamas militants after hundreds of Palestinians were hurt in clashes with Israel i police at a religious site in Jerusalem.

VIDEO: Escalating violence engulfs Israel and Gaza. Read the story: Hamas and Palestinians are empowered by the anti-Israeli members of Biden Administration. Took Biden four months to unravel MiddleEast peace. Where do hamas get so many rockets? Aren't they very poor, under sanction? When they get money to pay?

It goes on and on and on. Where are the leaders? Where is the leadership? FreePalestine Revoke the UN membership of Israel permanently. It's time we leave Israel for what they are at terrorist organization there failed to achieve or even attempt a peaceful resolution. Remove their un status NOW Stop what is happening in Palestine 🇵🇸✌ 🇵🇸 GazaUnderAttack 🇵🇸 FreePalestine 🇵🇸 IsraeliTerrorism 🇵🇸 saveSheikhJarrah 🇵🇸 غزه_تقاوم 🇵🇸 القدس_تنتفض 🇵🇸 انقذوا_حي_الشيخ_جراح 🇵🇸 لن_نرحل

I expect Israel with help from evil empire USA will try for temporary peace & once again resume Palestinian genocide. Yes Israel will never stop cruelty always with help from evil USA & her bipartisan leadership. Abrahamic hell? Expect no end? Religion destroys! All of them! Holy bananas!!

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Each's actions are proving the other right. All because Israel thinks they have a right to kick people out of their homes. Israel is no better then Iran Netanyahu is escalating the situation out of pure self-interest. He needs to stay out of jail. AP 🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡👇👇👇👇👇