Gaza reels under Israeli strikes as violence enters second week
Israeli jets kept up a good barrage of oxygen strikes against the Palestinian enclave of Gaza Mon evening, as weekly of violence which has killed more than 200 persons pushed world leaders to step up mediation.
Oxygen strikes sent dust clouds billowing into the skyline, due to the Hamas militant group that controls the besieged and densely populated coastal strip threatened more rocket strikes on Tel Aviv if bombing of residential areas will not stop.
In a phone with Israeli Primary Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Monday night, US President Joe Biden said he backed a ceasefire, soon after diplomats said Washington had blocked a third draft of a UN Security Council resolution calling for a finish to the violence.
Gaza resident Roba Abu al-Awf, 20, said she was bracing for a rough night.
“We have little or nothing to accomplish but sit in the home,” she explained. “Death could arrive at at any time - the bombing is normally crazy and indiscriminate.”
Palestinian militants have because of their part fired around 3,350 rockets toward Israel because the conflict escalated on May 10 in the heaviest exchange of fire in years, sparked by unrest in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem.
The Qatari Red Crescent said an air strike damaged its offices in Gaza Mon, as the health ministry said among its buildings and a clinic housing the enclave’s only Covid-19 laboratory was hit.
Israel’s army said Monday it had reach the homes of nine “high-ranking” Hamas commanders over night, a day just after bombing the house of Yahya Sinwar, brain of the group’s political wing. It gave no information on any casualties.