Israeli ground troops attacking in Gaza Strip, IDF says

5/14/2021 1:17:00 AM

DEVELOPING: Israeli ground troops attacking in Gaza Strip, IDF says.

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. An eighth Israeli, an 87-year-old woman, also died after falling while on her way to a bomb shelter, according to the Israeli Emergency Services. 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 a

barrage 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.

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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, Netanyahu has vowed to continue retaliatory attacks.

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."

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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.

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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There are few humanitarian tragedies on the planet that compare with the lives of Gazans: 2 million human beings, overwhelmingly young, trapped in a tiny open-air prison, unable to leave. And now one of the world's most powerful militaries is invading yet again, from air and land This is fucking ridiculous.

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This is going to be the biggest land grab. That will be the endgame Peace be with all of you .... The State of Israel is currently carrying out a genocide. Free Palestine. No, they're defending their citizens from instigators. Disgusting. Genocide before our eyes. Palestinians are no threat to Israel and Hamas isn’t even in their league. This is slaughter.

I hope they burn Gaza to the ground. StandWithIsrael

Gaza Strip will run out of fuel for generators by Sunday: reportThe Gaza Strip will run out of fuel for its electric generators by Sunday, an Israeli official told the Times of Israel Gaza strip has enough caretakers and givers and protectors and providers now. So it shouldn't really even matter. thisisinsider Or are they?

We now return you to your regularly scheduled pogrom. Go IDF go! Poor Innocent people and mostly children Fuck is***l 🤦‍♀️ God is there with them. Hamas is evil, cant believe anyone can support them Zionists getting their wish Attacking civilians. “Attacking” Why are the Western countries not giving the Palestinian thesame right of defending themselves as the Israelis. Do they want the Israelis to wipe out all the Palestinians. We stand with the Palestinians pure and simple

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