Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Israel's Netanyahu vows to 'step up' attacks on Hamas



 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Tuesday that Israel would step up attacks on Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas after two Israeli women were killed by rockets fired from the enclave.

 "Since yesterday, the army has carried out hundreds of attacks against Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza... and we will further intensify the power of our attacks," Netanyahu said in a video released by his office, adding that Hamas "will be hit in ways that it does not expect".



  1. A 13-storey residential tower in Gaza City has collapsed after Israeli airstrikes targeted the building.

    There were no reports of casualties among the residents, who reportedly vacated the Hanadi tower before it was hit.

    Video footage showed three plumes of thick smoke rising from the tower, its upper storeys still intact until it collapsed to the ground. The tower houses an office that is used by the political leadership of Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas.

    Electricity in the area around the building went out after the collapse. Residents were using flashlights to search for personal belongings nearby.

    Shortly after the strike, Hamas, the group that controls the besieged Gaza strip, said it launched 130 rockets towards the Israeli city of Tel Aviv

    Hamas’ armed wing, the Qassem Brigades, had warned it would retaliate over the strike on the tower near the coast, before confirming it had launched an attack on “Tel Aviv and its suburbs with 130 missiles”....

  2. Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Tuesday ordered more airstrikes on the Gaza Strip and called up reserve forces.

    According to Maariv daily, Gantz made the decision following a meeting with his Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi and top security officials in Israel to evaluate the situation in Gaza.

    Israeli Channel 13 reported that the reservists will be deployed in areas around Gaza to reinforce security.

    25 Palestinians were killed, including 9 children, and at least 800 others injured in Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip and clashes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem in recent hours.

    The Israeli army said late Monday that it had launched a military operation, code-named "Guardian of the Walls", to respond to what it said rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.

    Tension moved from East Jerusalem to Gaza after Palestinian resistance groups in Gaza vowed to retaliate Israeli assaults on Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood if not halted.

  3. Israel has unnecessarily and disproportionately used force against Palestinians protesting the possible eviction of Palestinian families from an East Jerusalem neighborhood, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Tuesday amid an uptick of deadly violence in the region.

    “Israeli Security Forces must allow and ensure the exercise of the right to freedoms of expression, association and assembly,” the spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Rupert Colville, said in a statement.

    “No force should be used against those exercising their rights peacefully. When use of force is necessary, it should comply fully with international human rights standards. This includes the prohibition of unnecessary or disproportionate use of force,” he added.

    “This has not been the case in the past days,” he continued.

    The European Commission, meanwhile, called for the immediate de-escalation of the situation and condemned the rocket from Gaza on Israel.

    Israel’s defense minister Benny Gantz on Tuesday approved the mobilization of 5,000 reserve soldiers to face the mounting tension with militants in the Gaza Strip.

    From the early hours of Monday, the Islamist Hamas group's armed wing, the Qasam Brigades, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad fired a barrage of over 250 rockets into Israel.


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