Israeli airstrikes kill 42 and topple buildings in Gaza City

First published on May 16, 2021 / 7:36 AM The military also has accused the militant group of using journalists as human shields, but provided no evidence to back up the claims.The AP has operated from the building for 15 years, including through three previous wars between Israel and Hamas. The Gaza Health Ministry said 13 women and eight children were among those killed, with more than 50 people wounded, and rescue efforts are still underway.Earlier, the Israeli military said it destroyed the home of Gaza’s top Hamas leader, Yahiyeh Sinwar, in a separate strike in the southern town of Khan Younis. Smoke rises after Israeli forces destroyed a building in Gaza City where Al-Jazeera and The Associated Press had their offices, on May 15, 2021. Hamas and other militant groups have fired some 2,900 rockets into Israel. Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Israel routinely cites a Hamas presence as a reason for targeting certain locations in airstrikes, including residential buildings. Soon after, three missiles hit the building and destroyed it, bringing it crashing down in a giant cloud of dust.”The world will know less about what is happening in Gaza because of what happened today,” Pruitt said. A U.S. “Are you OK?” Minutes later, first responders pulled a survivor out and carried him off on an orange stretcher. The diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the closed-door negotiations, said Cairo is working to broker an end to the fighting. On Saturday it destroyed the home of Khalil al-Hayeh, a senior figure in Hamas’ political branch.Hamas’ upper echelon has gone into hiding in Gaza, and it is unlikely any were at home at the time of the strikes. AP staffers and other occupants evacuated safely. Israel says the real number is far higher and has released the names and photos of two dozen alleged operatives it says were “eliminated.”An Egyptian diplomat said Israel’s targeting of Hamas political leaders would complicate cease-fire efforts. The building also housed the TV network Al-Jazeera and other media outlets, along with several floors of apartments. “We’re trying to degrade Hamas’ terrorist abilities and to degrade their will to do this again. On Saturday, Israel bombed the 12-story al-Jalaa Building, where the office of The Associated Press was located. Eight Israelis have been killed, including a 5-year-old boy and a soldier.The military said Sunday it struck Sinwar’s home and that of his brother Muhammad, another senior Hamas member. 12:03

Gaza City, Gaza Strip — Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City flattened three buildings and killed at least 42 people Sunday, Palestinian medics said. diplomat is in the region to try to de-escalate tensions, and the U.N. Netanyahu says Israel will do “whatever it takes to restore order”

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U.S. A U.S. The turmoil has also spilled over elsewhere, fueling protests in the occupied West Bank and stoking violence within Israel between its Jewish and Arab citizens, with clashes and vigilante attacks on people and property.At least 181 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza, including 52 children and 31 women, with 1,225 wounded. “We are shocked and horrified.”He said the AP was seeking information from the Israeli government and was engaged with the U.S. Hamas fired rockets toward Jerusalem late Monday, triggering the Israeli assault on Gaza. Trending News

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Why is violence flaring up in Israel and Gaza? Security Council is set to meet Sunday.The Egyptian diplomat said the destruction of Hamas’ rocket capabilities would require a ground invasion that would “inflame the whole region.” Egypt, which made peace with Israel decades ago, has threatened to “suspend” cooperation in various fields, the official said, without elaborating. But targeting the group’s leaders could hinder those efforts. We would never knowingly put our journalists at risk.”

In the afternoon, the military called the building’s owner and warned a strike would come within an hour. Adel Hana / AP

The latest outbreak of violence began in east Jerusalem earlier this month, when Palestinians protested attempts by settlers to forcibly evict a number of Palestinian families from their homes and Israeli police measures at Al-Aqsa Mosque, a frequent flashpoint located on a mount in the Old City revered by Muslims and Jews. During those conflicts as well as the current one, the news agency’s cameras from its top floor office and roof terrace offered 24-hour live shots as militants’ rockets arched toward Israel and Israeli airstrikes hammered the city and its surroundings.”We have had no indication Hamas was in the building or active in the building,” AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt said in a statement. The military said 450 of the rockets had fallen short or misfired, while Israeli air defenses intercepted 1,150.The interception rate appeared to have significantly dropped since the start of the conflict, when Israel said 90% were intercepted. calls for de-escalation in Middle East

At one point, a rescuer shouted, “Can you hear me?” into a hole in the rubble. Netanyahu alleged that Hamas military intelligence was operating inside the building. Security Council is set to meet Sunday. Israeli airstrikes kill 42 and topple buildings in Gaza City

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Netanyahu says Israel will do “whatever it takes to restore order”

Netanyahu says Israel will do “whatever it ta… The military did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Israel has meanwhile carried out hundreds of airstrikes across impoverished Gaza, which is home to more than 2 million Palestinians and has been under an Israeli and Egyptian blockade since Hamas seized power from rival Palestinian forces in 2007.Israel has leveled a number of Gaza City’s tallest office and residential buildings, alleging they contain Hamas military infrastructure. diplomat has also been dispatched to the region and the U.N. U.S. It was the third such attack in the last two days on the homes of senior Hamas leaders, who have gone underground.Israel appears to have stepped up strikes in recent days to inflict as much damage as possible on Hamas as international mediators try to broker a cease-fire. I hope it won’t take long, but it’s not immediate.”The Israeli air assault early Sunday was the deadliest single attack since heavy fighting broke out between Israel and Hamas nearly a week ago, marking the worst fighting here since their devastating 2014 war in Gaza.The airstrikes hit a major downtown street of residential buildings and storefronts over the course of five minutes after midnight, destroying two adjacent buildings and one about 50 yards (meters) down the road. “This is something we actively check to the best of our ability. In a televised address, Netanyahu said Sunday evening the attacks were continuing at “full-force” and will “take time.” Israel “wants to levy a heavy price” from the Hamas militant group, he said, flanked by his defense minister and political rival, Benny Gantz, in a show of unity.Netanyahu reiterated that message in an interview Sunday on “Face the Nation,” saying that “any country has to defend itself.”

“We’ll do whatever it takes to restore order and quiet and the security of our people and deterrence,” Netanyahu said. So it’ll take some time. diplomat Hady Amr is in the region as part of efforts to broker a truce. Hamas’ top leader, Ismail Haniyeh, divides his time between Turkey and Qatar, both of which provide political support to the group.Hamas and the Islamic Jihad militant group have acknowledged 20 fighters killed since the fighting broke out Monday. Secretary of State Antony Blinken later spoke by phone with Pruitt, offering his support for independent journalists and media organizations, and the White House said it had communicated directly with Israel to urge safety for journalists.The Biden administration has affirmed its support for Israel while working to de-escalate the crisis. ambassador to U.N. Despite the heavy death toll and international efforts to broker a cease-fire, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signaled the fourth war with Gaza’s Hamas rulers would rage on. People inspect the rubble of a destroyed residential building that was hit by an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City on Sunday, May 16, 2021. State Department to learn more.U.S.