Nakba Day in Palestine: Hundreds Killed, Wounded in Israeli Attacks (LIVE BLOG)

Funeral procession of Abu Hattab, Hadidi Family Victims in al-Shati refuee camp. (Photo: Mahmoud Ajjour, The Palestine Chronicle)

Scores of Palestinians killed in Israeli strikes on Gaza following Israeli security forces’ crackdowns on Jerusalem worshippers and unarmed protesters. Follow our regularly updated Live Blog below for more information.

Sunday, May 16, 6:57 am (GMT+3)

BREAKING | More Gaza Deaths Reported

– Five more Palestinians killed over night in various parts of Gaza. Toll is expected to grow as many remain trapped under the rubble of their homes. 42 Reported wounded. The areas hit include Wihda street, the Gaza Vally, Buraij and Nuseirat refugee camps, among others.

– Israeli navy boats continue to fire at the Gaza coast.

UPDATE | Ireland Condemns Israeli Atrocities

Anadolu: Ireland’s foreign minister on Saturday condemned Israeli attacks having killed dozens of children over the last five days alone.

“32 children killed since Monday in Gaza by Israeli fire – that’s approx 1/4 of all fatalities – It’s not acceptable!,” wrote Simon Coveney on Twitter, linking to a news report by Ireland’s RTE called Family of 10 killed in Gaza attack, US envoys arrives for talks. (Anadolu)

Sunday, May 16, 2:13 am (GMT+3)

UPDATE | West Bank under Israeli Fire

Palestinian Red Crescent Society: 580 Palestinians wounded by Israeli fire and teargas throughout the occupied West Bank on Saturday.

Sunday, May 16, 2:00 am (GMT+3)

BREAKING | Wihda (Unity) Street Under Attack 

– Israeli warplanes bomb homes in the Wihda Street in #Gaza city. Two dead and many injured.

– Intense Israeli bombing also reported in the eastern parts of Gaza city, targeting major intersections in the city, thus preventing ambulances from reaching the wounded.

Sunday, May 16, 12:50 am (GMT+3)

BREAKING | Gaza Retaliates with 42 Rockets

– 42 Palestinian rockets hit Tel Aviv and other Israeli areas after the end of a two-hour lull announced earlier by the Palestinian resistance in Gaza.

– Netanyahu: Difficult days ahead.

Saturday, May 15, 10:20 pm (GMT+3)

UPDATE | Hamas Leader Speaks in Qatar

– Hamas’ leader, Ismail Haniya delivered a speech before a massive rally in Doha, Qatar. 

– He tells thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters that no geographic boundaries will impede Palestinian unity, commends the solidarity of Arab peoples, especially in Lebanon and Jordan.

Saturday, May 15, 10:00 pm (GMT+3)

UPDATE | Biden: Palestinians Deserve Freedom

White House (Translated from Aljazeera Arabic coverage): 

– US President Joe Biden and PA President Mahmoud Abbas agree that Jerusalem should be a place of peaceful coexistence. 

– Biden tells Abbas Palestinians deserve dignity, peace and freedom. 

– Biden assures Abbas that he is ‘strongly committed’ to the two-state solution as the best way to achieve a lasting, just peace.

Saturday, May 15, 07:00 pm (GMT+3)

UPDATE | Israeli forces have injured at least 29 Palestinians by Israeli forces in different areas of the occupied West Bank. According to the Palestine Red Crescent Society, 17 of the injured people had been shot with live bullets and eight with rubber-coated bullets. Three more people needed medical attention after inhaling tear gas. At least 15 Palestinians have been killed and hundreds more injured by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank including in Hebron, Ramallah and the northern cities of Nablus and Qalqilya. (Source: Al Jazeera)

Saturday, May 15, 07:00 pm (GMT+3)

UPDATE | Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has canceled his trip to Austria after officials in Vienna raised Israeli flags in solidarity with Tel Aviv during its fight with Hamas in Gaza. Zarif’s visit was canceled after Austria raised Israel’s flag on its federal chancellery and foreign ministry buildings, Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg’s spokesperson, Claudia Turtscher, confirmed to the media. (Source: RT)

Saturday, May 15, 07:00 pm (GMT+3)

UPDATES | – Following Israel’s strike on al-Jalaa tower, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki wrote on Twitter that the safety of reporters “is a paramount responsibility”.

– Al Jazeera condemns in the strongest terms the bombing and destruction of its offices by the Israeli military in Gaza and views this as a clear act to stop journalists from conducting their sacred duty to inform the world and report events on the ground. Al Jazeera promises to pursue every available route to hold the Israeli government responsible for its actions.

Saturday, May 15, 07:00 pm (GMT+3)

UPDATE | At least twenty persons have been arrested during pro-Palestine protests in Srinagar, India. The arrests were confirmed by official sources. (Source: Kashmir Bylines)

Saturday, May 15, 06:30 pm (GMT+3)

UPDATE | Global solidarity with Palestine continues: Hundreds of people gathered at the International Wall in Belfast, Scotland, to show solidarity to the Palestinian people. (Photos: Supplied)

Saturday, May 15, 06:00 pm (GMT+3)

UPDATE | The Associated Press president and CEO Gary Pruitt said he is “shocked and horrified that the Israeli military would target and destroy the building housing AP’s bureau and other news organizations in Gaza.” Pruitt continued: “This is an incredibly disturbing development. We narrowly avoided a terrible loss of life.”  (Source: AP)

Saturday, May 15, 05:00 pm (GMT+3)

UPDATE | At least 10 Palestinian protesters were shot and injured with Israeli forces’ live ammunition, including one seriously, during clashes that broke out in Qusra village, south of the northern occupied West Bank governorate of Nablus. (Source: WAFA)

Saturday, May 15, 04:00 pm (GMT+3)

UPDATE | Israeli forces killed a young Palestinian man on Friday near Silwad city, east of Ramallah, and another Palestinian was killed in Ya’bad city in Jenin, as confrontations between the Palestinians and the occupation in the West Bank intensified.

Saturday, May 15, 03:45 pm (GMT+3)

BREAKING | Israel has razed to the ground a high-rise building housing media offices in Gaza City, including Al Jazeera Media Network and The Associated Press news agency.

Saturday, May 15, 03:45 pm (GMT+3)

UPDATE | A Palestinian man was killed in an air raid that hit Bureji refugee camp, located in the middle of the Gaza Strip. The death toll among Palestinians has risen to 140. (Source: WAFA)

Saturday, May 15, 02:00 pm (GMT+3)

UPDATE | The death toll among Palestinians after six consecutive days of the brutal Israeli onslaught on the Gaza Strip has risen to 139, said medical sources. According to medical sources, 139 Palestinians have been killed in the Israeli bombardment of Gaza since Monday, including 39 children, 22 women, and one elderly person, while 1050 people were wounded, including 40 seriously. (Source: WAFA)

Saturday, May 15, 12:00 pm (GMT+3)

UPDATE | Three more bodies, including two children, from the Abu Hatab family were pulled from the rubble of the deadly Israeli shelling that targeted their home in the al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza city early morning. The bodies of a woman and two children were pulled from the rubble in the al-Shati refugee camp, raising the number of people killed in the Israeli air assault on the Abu Hatab family to 10, including eight children. Palestinians in the area say they were given no warning prior to the attack.

Saturday, May 15, 12:00 pm (GMT+3)

UPDATE | Reuters News Agency: Egypt sent 10 ambulances into Gaza to pick up casualties of Israeli bombardments for treatment in Egyptian hospitals, according to medical and security sources.

Saturday, May 15, 04:25 am (GMT+3)

BREAKING: Death toll of #Israeli airstrike targeting #Palestinian home in Shati refugee camp now stands at 8 (6 children & 2 two women; 15 people injured.

Rockets fall on #Israeli town of Ashdoud in retaliation for the earlier attack on Shati. Explosions reported.

Saturday, May 15, 02:38 am (GMT+3)

BREAKING: 7 Palestinian civilians killed and other wounded in an air strike which targeted a home in the Shati refugee camp in Gaza.

UPDATE: Palestinian medical sources raised the number of Palestinians killed by the Israeli occupation army in the West Bank to 11. Additionally, 1134 others were wounded.

Saturday, May 15, 12:30 am (GMT+3)

BREAKING: A 21-years-old Lebanese young man, Mohammed Tahan was killed by Israeli forces at the Lebanon-Israel border during solidarity protests with the Palestinian people. 

UPDATE: Thousands of Jordanians and Lebanese march to border areas to protest Israeli violence in occupied Palestine.

Saturday, May 15, 12:00 am (GMT+3)

A protest in the small town of Bienne in Switzerland on Friday, May 14, was joined by nearly 1000 people. Chants and speeches affirmed full support to the struggle of the Palestinian people and called for the boycott of Israel. Many such protests are being planned across the country. (Photo: Supplied)

Friday, May 14, 11:50 pm (GMT+3)

BREAKING: Death toll resulting from Israeli airstrikes and shelling targeting besieged Gaza continues to climb: 126 killed, including 31 children and nearly 1,000 wounded. (Source: The Palestinian Health Ministry)

BREAKING: Mass protests in the Palestinian town of Kafr Qana inside Israel in solidarity with Gaza and Jerusalem, and in protest of the arrest of Sheikh Kamal al-Khatib, a community leader and the deputy head of the Islamic movement in Israel. 

BREAKING: A massive fire in the town of Umm al-Fahm inside Israel. Clashes between Palestinian protesters and the Israeli police continue in the town and across Arab communities throughout the country. 

BREAKING: Amnesty International decries excessive force used by Israel in the West Bank, resulting in the killing of 10 Palestinians; calls on the international community to act.

BREAKING: Palestinian sources confirm efforts that aim at achieving a ceasefire in Gaza. (Aljazeera)

Friday, May 14, 11:00 pm (GMT+3)

UPDATE | Global solidarity with Palestine continues: The Palestinian flag was hoisted outside the building of the Municipality of Chalandri in Athens, Greece, in honor of the Palestinian people. (Photo: Supplied)

Friday, May 14, 10:40 pm (GMT+3)

UPDATE | Statement: Kashmir Stands in Solidarity with Palestine

No words can bring any relief to wounds inflicted on Palestinians by apartheid Israeli occupation regime in occupied lands of Palestine in its latest brutal and vile attacks on Al Quds Al Sharif and the innocent civilians.

Kashmiris express their strong solidarity and decry the unprecedented humiliation of Muslims and violation and desecration of our holy places by the Israeli regime.

No one else than Kashmiris can know it better how it feels living under such ugly occupation of apartheid boots. India and Israel are sinners in arms which use the same policies in subjugating and oppressing the voices which seek complete end to their occupation. The images and videos coming out from occupied East Jerusalem and Gaza reflect the same pain and agony in Indian-occupied Kashmir.

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Resistance by Palestinians against the apartheid Israel is an inspiration for Kashmiris. We stand by each other against the occupational forces.

-Dr. Mubeen Shah (Global); Mukhtar Ahmed Baba (Middle East/Europe); Zafar Ahmed Qureshi Kashmir Campaign, UK (Europe); Dr. G R Waleed (South/Southeast Asia; Dr Asif Dar (Middle East); Nasir Qadri, Legal Forum for Kashmir, Islamabad (South Asia); (Note: The statement released by above signatories on behalf of Kashmiris around the globe.)

Read the full Kashmiri Statement on Al Quds ..

Friday, May 14, 10:30 pm (GMT+3)

Phillip Weiss: “There is no going back in the global discussion. Zionism created apartheid rule in one state; the U.S. establishment is finally beginning to acknowledge this. Palestinian resistance has never stopped. Ultimately there is only one answer to that resistance, equal rights. These truths are becoming clearer to all outside observers thanks to the struggle over a few houses in occupied East Jerusalem. Just as Ali Abunimah said we would, we are entering the last phase of the Zionist story. It has run its course, we’re in the endgame.”

Friday, May 14, 10:20 pm (GMT+3)

BREAKING | According to the Israeli army, three rockets were launched from Syria towards Israel. Two of the rockets allegedly landed in an open area in the southern occupied Golan Heights, while another landed in Syrian territory. No casualties were reported. (Source: Haaretz)

Friday, May 14, 10:00 pm (GMT+3)

UPDATE: 

International Solidarity with Palestine Continues: No Weapons to Israel

Italian port workers in the Italian town of Livorno, in Tuscany, refuse to load shipment onto a cargo ship that is reportedly carrying weapons to Israel. The Unione Sindacale Di Base (USB) stated that, in case the information they have received, that “the shipment is carrying weapons on their way to the Israeli port of Ashdod,” is confirmed, they will not load the cargo ship. “These weapons and explosives,” the USB statement read, “will be employed to kill the Palestinian people, already hit by a brutal aggression which resulted in hundreds of victims among civilians, including many children.” (Source: L’Antidiplomatico, Translated from Italian)

Friday, May 14, 08:00 pm (GMT+3)

BREAKING | Palestinian Health Ministry: The number of Palestinians killed by Israeli fire during confrontations in the occupied West Bank has risen to 10.

Friday, May 14, 06:30 pm (GMT+3)

UPDATE | Essa Barham, a Palestinian prosecutor and lawyer, was shot dead by Israeli occupation forces during protests in the village of Beita, near Nablus, raising the death toll in the occupied West Bank since early today to seven. (Source: WAFA)

Some Historical Context…

A brief history of the events leading to the establishment of the state of Isreal on Palestinian land.

Friday, May 14, 06:30 pm (GMT+3)

UPDATE |

– European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has said she is “very concerned” about the escalating violence in Israel and Gaza. “I condemn indiscriminate attacks by Hamas on Israel,” von der Leyen wrote on Twitter.

 

Friday, May 14, 04:30 pm (GMT+3)

UPDATES |

– Gaza Health Ministry: Israeli air raids on the besieged Gaza Strip have killed three more Palestinians, taking the death toll to 122, including 31 children and 20 women, while 900 people have been wounded.

– Israeli forces have fired warning shots toward a group of protesters who crossed from Lebanon as part of a rally against the Israeli campaign in Gaza. The Israeli army said some two dozen Palestinian and Lebanese youth had gathered at the border gate separating the two countries for a protest. A few of those involved managed to cross the border.

Friday, May 14, 03:00 pm (GMT+3)

BREAKING | Thousands of Jordanians marched today towards the Jordanian-Palestinian border in a show of support to the Palestinian people in light of the recent Israeli aggression on the besieged Gaza Strip and in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah.

Friday, May 14, 12:00 pm (GMT+3)

UPDATE |

An Egyptian delegation, which met with Israeli officials to mediate the negotiation of a ceasefire, did not reach any positive results, an Egyptian security source told DPA news agency.

Friday, May 14, 12:00 pm (GMT+3)

UPDATES |

– International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda told Reuters news agency that individuals involved in the ongoing escalation may be targeted by an investigation into alleged war crimes. “These are events that we are looking at very seriously,” Bensouda said. “We are monitoring very closely and I remind that an investigation has opened and the evolution of these events could also be something we look at.”

– The UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that Israeli airstrikes have destroyed or severely damaged more than 200 housing units in the Gaza Strip, while 24 schools have sustained damages.

Friday, May 14, 07:19 am (GMT+3)

UPDATES:

Israeli warplanes carry out an ‘unprecedented’ bombing campaign on besieged Gaza overnight.

Qassam Brigades: Over 100 rockets launched at Israel as a response to Israeli targeting of Palestinian civilians.

Israeli government: We reject all mediation to reach a ceasefire.

Death toll in Gaza rises overnight: 115 killed, including 27 children, 11 women and over 600 wounded. More bodies remain trapped under the rubble.

Friday, May 14, 01:09 am (GMT+3)

The Israeli army tweets: IDF air and ground troops are currently attacking in the Gaza Strip.

Friday, May 14, 11:00 pm (GMT+3)

BREAKING | Gaza Health Ministry: 103 people were killed, including 27 children and 11 women, while 580 people have been wounded in Israeli airstrikes and shelling in Gaza since Monday, May 10.

Thursday, May 13, 9:40 pm (GMT+3)

BREAKING | 

From Palestine Chronicle correspondent in Gaza: 

United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) opens doors of its schools to receive Palestinian families who have been made homeless as a result of Israeli targeting of civilian homes and residential neighborhoods throughout the besieged Gaza Strip. 

Thursday, May 13, 9:30 pm (GMT+3)

BREAKING | 

Latest dispatch from the Palestine Chronicle correspondent in Gaza:

 – Death of a family of six, four children and their parents, after Israeli warplanes targeted a Palestinian home in the town of Sheikh Zayed. Bodies are yet to be fully recovered from the wreckage. 

– Israeli strikes target the staff of the Turkish Anadolu news agency; injuries reported. 

– Israeli airstrikes bomb a Palestinian home in the town of Rafah in northern Gaza; injuries reported. 

– Israeli tanks shell areas located east of the Zeytoun neighborhood in Gaza city.

Thursday, May 13, 9 pm (GMT+3)

UPDATE |  Kenyans continue to rally in solidarity with the Palestinian people. The Palestine Chronicle has just received this dispatch from Nairobi. (Photos & Video: Bradley Quna, Supplied)

UPDATE | More from Kenya…

Thursday, May 13, 8:10 pm (GMT+3)

BREAKING | Latest dispatch from our correspondent in Gaza – Israeli warplanes destroyed 8 buildings in Beit Lahia, in northern Gaza.

Palestinian medical sources confirmed that six Palestinians have been killed after Israeli airstrikes targeted their homes in Beit Lahia, in the northern Gaza Strip.

Thursday, May 13, 7:00 pm (GMT+3)

BREAKING | Gaza Health Ministry – The number of Palestinians killed in the Gaza Strip has now risen to 87, including 18 children and eight women. At least 530 others have been wounded amid the continuing violence.

Thursday, May 13, 6:30 pm (GMT+3)

France’s interior minister asked police to ban a pro-Palestinian protest in Paris this weekend.

“I have asked the Paris police chief to ban the protests on Saturday linked to the recent tensions in the Middle East,” Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin wrote on Twitter.

“Serious disturbances to public order were seen in 2014,” he added, urging police chiefs elsewhere in France to also remain vigilant over demonstrations.

Thursday, May 13, 6:00 pm (GMT+3)

During a video call, Russian President Vladimir Putin and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for an end to the recent escalation. “In light of the escalation in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, it was noted that the main goal is to stop violent acts from both sides and ensure the safety of the civilian population,” the Kremlin said in a statement.

Thursday, May 13, 3:50 pm (GMT+3)

BREAKING | An Egyptian delegation is in Tel Aviv for talks with Israeli officials as part of efforts to negotiate a ceasefire in the escalating conflict with Gaza, Egyptian intelligence officials said. (Souce: Al Jazeera)

Thursday, May 13, 3:30 pm (GMT+3)

Gaza Health Ministry confirmed that a number of Palestinians died asphyxiated from poisonous gas emanating from Israeli missiles across the besieged Gaza Strip.

A number of the victims of the ongoing Israeli onslaught on Gaza were admitted to al-Shifa Medical Complex, where they underwent a forensic assessment that determined asphyxiation as the main reason for their death.

The forensic experts revealed that the victims manifested outward symptoms, which indicate that it was likely that they inhaled poisonous gases, while they took samples for further tests.

Thursday, May 13, 3:00 (GMT+3)

BREAKING | Abu Obeida, spokesperson for Hamas’ Al Qassam Brigades in Gaza: “The Ayyash 250 missile, with a range greater than 250km, has been launched at Ramon Airport, about 220km from Gaza.”

Thursday, May 13, 14:30 (GMT+3)

In a phone call, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov agreed that Israel needs to stop attacks on the Gaza Strip.

Thursday, May 13, 14:30 (GMT+3)

The spokesperson for Hamas’ Al Qassam Brigades in Gaza, Abu Obeida, stated: “We reassure our people that we have more rockets in our inventory, and our missile strikes have revealed the enemy’s fragility.”

Abu Obeida added that Israel would regret a ground invasion.  (Source: Al Jazeera)

Thursday, May 13, 12:00 (GMT+3)

BREAKING | Gaza Health Ministry: The number of Palestinians killed in the Gaza Strip has now risen to 83, including 17 children. More than 480 others have been wounded.

Thursday, May 13, 11:00 (GMT+3)

BREAKING | The Israeli army shells the towns of Beit Lahia and Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza.

Israeli army: “We are ready to expand into a military operation throughout the Gaza Strip.”

Gaza’s electric company: Massive destruction is reported in the electric generators in Gaza’s largest street, Omar Al-Mukhtar.

Thursday, May 13, 03:44 am (GMT+3)

BREAKING: Two more bodies are pulled out from under the rubble of a Palestinian home in northern Gaza.

Nuseirat refugee camp in Gaza is under intense Israeli strikes; several people killed.

Thursday, May 13, 03:41 am (GMT+3)

Thursday, May 13, 03:05 am (GMT+3)

Thursday, May 13, 03:05 am (GMT+3)

Thursday, May 13, 2:58 am (GMT+3)

BREAKING | Palestinian Health Ministry: Number of Palestinians killed as a result of the Israeli bombing of #Gaza increases to 76, including 17 children and 6 women. More than 300 Palestinians have been wounded.

Wednesday, May 12, 11:00 pm (GMT+3)

BREAKING | Latest dispatch from Palestine Chronicle correspondent in Gaza – A volley of 8 Israeli missiles strikes west of Gaza City.

Palestinians anticipate a speech by Abu Obeida spokesperson for Hamas’ Al Qassam Brigades in Gaza.

Israeli airstrike targets the Islamic National Bank located in Salahaddin Street at the entrance of Al-Bureij neighborhood in central Gaza.

Wednesday, May 12, 10:30 pm (GMT+3)

BREAKING | Violence spread across Israel. Israeli media reports Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered the army to enter major Israeli cities, but his Defence Minister, Benny Gantz, has refused. (Sources: Haaretz, Al Jazeera, Israeli media)

Wednesday, May 12, 10:00 pm (GMT+3)

BREAKING | Jewish extremists attack Palestinians in the cities of Haifa, Jaffa, Al-Lud, Tiberias and Tel Aviv. (Source: Israeli media; Al Jazeera)

Wednesday, May 12, 9:30 pm (GMT+3)

BREAKING | Palestine Chronicle correspondent in the Gaza Strip reports that Israeli warplanes have just bombed a popular street in Gaza City, located between the Saraya roundabout and the Abu Khadra compound. “That road right now is like a large hole in the ground,” he says.

Wednesday, May 12, 9:00 pm (GMT+3)

BREAKING | Two Palestinians killed and three wounded in an Israeli airstrike targeting a residential home in the Shijaiyah neighborhood, east of Gaza City.

Wednesday, May 12, 8:55 pm (GMT+3)

BREAKING | Palestine Chronicle correspondent in the Gaza Strip reported that a spokesman for the Al Quds Brigades group in Gaza called on media organizations to “point their cameras to the sky” at 9 PM Palestine time, an indication that rockets will be fired at Israel at that precise moment.
 
56 Palestinians have been killed so far in Israeli strikes, and 6 Israelis, including a soldier.

Wednesday, May 12, 8:00 pm (GMT+3)

Palestinian Health Ministry: The number of Palestinians killed by Israeli air strikes on Gaza since Monday has risen to 56, including 14 children. Another 335 people were injured.

Wednesday, May 12, 7:30 pm (GMT+3)

A pro-Palestinian march in Cape Town, South Africa in solidarity with the Palestinian people, on Wednesday, May 12 (Photos: Mohammad Groenwald, supplied).

Wednesday, May 12, 7:10 pm (GMT+3)

Israeli missile strikes have hit the 14-story Shorouq tower in Gaza City – which is home to media offices in the Gaza Strip and is in a very densely populated area.

Wednesday, May 12, 7:00 pm (GMT+3)

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell: “The EU is dismayed at the large numbers of civilian deaths and injuries, including children. All efforts should be directed at avoiding civilian casualties, and supporting de-escalation.”

Wednesday, May 12, 7:00 pm (GMT+3)

The UN Security Council held another emergency meeting on the increasing tensions in Palestine, again without agreeing on a joint statement due to opposition from the United States, according to diplomats.

The United States saw the Security Council meeting as a sufficient show of concern, one diplomat told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Wednesday, May 12, 6:30 pm (GMT+3)

RIA news agency: Russian Deputy Foreign Minister  Sergei Vershinin called on Israel to “immediately” stop all settlement activities in the Palestinian Territories.

Vershinin also said that Moscow called for the “status quo of Jerusalem’s sacred sites” to be respected.

Wednesday, May 12, 6:30 pm (GMT+3)

China’s special envoy on the Middle East, Zhai Jun, expressed “deep concern” over escalating violence between Palestinians and Israelis and urged all parties to exercise restraint to avoid further casualties.

Wednesday, May 12, 4:30 pm (GMT+3)

Gaza ruling group Hamas confirms that its Gaza city commander was killed in an Israeli airstrike. Bassem Issa is the highest-ranking military figure in Hamas to be killed by Israel since a 2014 war in Gaza.

Wednesday, May 12, 4:00 pm (GMT+3)

BREAKING | Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel will use “an iron fist if needed” to stop protests by its Palestinian citizens in Israel.

“We are continuing our efforts to stop the anarchy and restore governance to the cities of Israel, with an iron fist if needed, with all forces needed and all authorities required,” he said, speaking in the city of Acre.

Wednesday, May 12, 3:20 pm (GMT+3)

BREAKING | The ministry of health in the Gaza Strip said the number of Palestinians killed has now risen to 53, including 14 children and three women.

At least 320 others have been wounded.

Wednesday, May 12, 1:30 pm (GMT+3)

BREAKING | Gaza Health Ministry: The number of Palestinian causalities in Gaza rises to 48, including 14 children; 304 wounded.

Wednesday, May 12, 11:50 (GMT+3)

BREAKING | Gaza Health Ministry: The number of Palestinian causalities in Gaza rises to 43, including 13 children; 269 wounded.

Wednesday, May 12, 09:30 (GMT+3)

A banner put up by the Kenya Palestine Solidarity Movement in one of the busiest streets of Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi, to show the Kenyan people’s solidarity with the people of Palestine who are putting up a strong resistance against Israeli provocations bombardment of Palestinian towns and cities.

Wednesday, May 12, 08:30 (GMT+3)

Hamas leader Ismail Haniya said that the groups if “ready” if Israel intensifies its attacks.

In a televised address, Haniya said, “If (Israel) wants to escalate, we are ready for it, if it wants to stop, we are also ready.”

Wednesday, May 12, 05:16 (GMT+3)

Israel dispatches 80 more war planes to take part in the bombing of Gaza.

Thousands of Israeli soldiers sent to areas adjacent to the besieged Gaza Strip.

Israel resumes bombing of Palestinian homes and other targets in Gaza.

Number of Palestinian causalities in Gaza rises to 35; hundreds more wounded.

Number of Israeli casualties rises to 5.

Wednesday, May 12, 03:45 (GMT+3)

The latest by our editor Ramzy Baroud, published in Middle East Monitor.

Wednesday, May 12, 01:41 (GMT+3)

Wednesday, May 12, 01:32 (GMT+3)

REUTERS: “A 13-story residential block in Gaza collapsed after one of several dozen Israeli air strikes.”

Wednesday, May 12, 01:24 (GMT+3)

Wednesday, May 12, 01:08 (GMT+3)

BREAKING: Israeli army says it has carried out over 500 strikes against ‘Palestinian targets’ in the Gaza Strip.

Wednesday, May 12, 00:48 (GMT+3)

BREAKING | Israeli war planes resume Gaza bombardment; number of deaths rises to 32 Palestinians and wounded to 220.
 
BREAKING | Israel destroys the Hanadi residential tower in Gaza city which is made of 13 stories and many flats. Causalities are yet to be reported.
 
BREAKING | Two Israelis reportedly killed in Tel Aviv as a result of rockets coming from Gaza.
 
BREAKING | Israeli government plans to send 16 army units to the Arab city of Lod inside Israel to suppress mass protests. More than one hundred Palestinians inside Israel were arrested in the last 24 hours. Earlier, a Palestinian protester – Musa Hassouna – was killed by Israeli police. (Source: Aljazeera Arabic)
Palestinians bury woman, her son in Gaza’s Shati Refugee Camp. (Photo: Fawzi Mahmoud, The Palestine Chronicle)

Wednesday, May 12, 00:08 (GMT+3)

US Senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders’ Facebook statement on the Israeli escalation in Palestine:

“I am extremely concerned by the growing conflict in Israel and Palestine. Once again we are seeing how the irresponsible actions of government-allied right-wing extremists in Jerusalem can escalate quickly into devastating war. Israeli children should not have to spend the night scared in bomb shelters, as many are doing tonight. Palestinian children should not have to grow up under the constant violence and oppression of occupation, as so many do, and have done. The United States must call for an immediate cease-fire and an end to provocative and illegal settlement activity. And we must also recommit to working with Israelis and Palestinians to finally end this conflict.”

Wednesday, May 12, 00:03 (GMT+3)

Egyptian international footballer Mohammed Salah tweets in solidarity with Palestine.

Tuesday, May 11, 11:00 pm (GMT+3)

Al Jazeera: Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv has been reopened.

Tuesday, May 11, 10:30 pm (GMT+3)

Media Reports: Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv has been shut down and all flights to Israel have been diverted to Greece and Cyprus.

Tuesday, May 11, 9:30 pm (GMT+3)

The US State Department released a statement on the situation in Palestine, Israel. Here are a few excerpts as communicated by spokesman Ned Price:  

“We are deeply concerned about the escalation between Israel and those launching rockets from Gaza and we call for restraint and for calm.

“Israel has a right to defend itself and to respond to rocket attacks. The Palestinian people also have the right to safety and security, just as Israelis do,” said Price.

“We are deeply concerned about the reported loss of life in Gaza, in Israel, including the deaths of children as well as many innocent civilians injured.” 

Tuesday, May 11, 9:00 pm (GMT+3)

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Gaza resistance groups say they targeted Tel Aviv with 130 rockets starting at 9 PM Palestine time (GMT+3), in response to Israeli strikes targeting Palestinian residential areas. (Source: Al Jazeera)

Tuesday, May 11, 5:00 pm (GMT+3)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel will intensify its Gaza strikes.

“At the conclusion of a situational assessment, it was decided that both the might of the attacks and the frequency of the attacks will be increased,” he said in a video statement.

Tuesday, May 11, 4:20 pm (GMT+3)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas received a letter from US President Joe Biden regarding the latest political developments, current situations, and bilateral relations between the United States and the State of Palestine.

Tuesday, May 11, 4 pm (GMT+3)

Former leader of the UK Labor Party, Jeremy Corbyn, strongly condemned Israeli attacks on Gaza and al-Aqsa.

“Deliberately provocative attacks on the Al-Aqsa mosque and the ongoing home invasions #SheikhJarrah have led to horrendous violence in Jerusalem,” he said in a Twitter post.

“As the occupying power, the Israeli government has it in its gift to rectify the current situation and not exacerbate it,” Corbyn added.

Tuesday, May 11, 12:30 am (GMT+3)

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz called in troop reinforcements near the fence separating besieged Gaza Strip from Israel.

Tuesday, May 11, 11:30 am (GMT+3)

At least two people were killed in an Israeli airstrike that struck a residential building in Gaza, bringing the total number of deaths to 26.

Tuesday, May 11, 9 am (GMT+3)

Gaza Health Ministry said that three people were killed in Israeli airstrikes overnight, including an elderly woman and a man with special needs, so taking the total number to 24.

At least 103 people were wounded, according to the Ministry.

Monday, May 10, 9:50 pm (GMT+3)

The number of people killed in an Israeli airstrike today on the northern Gaza Strip was put at 20, including nine children, according to the Health Ministry in Gaza.

An Israeli drone fired missiles at a group of people east of Beit Hanoun, killing 20, among them nine children, and injuring 65 others, three of them critical.

Monday, May 10, 8:30 pm (GMT+3)

The US Administration has “serious concerns about the situation” in Jerusalem, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said.

Monday, May 10, 7:00 pm (GMT+3)

Israeli forces have carried out several airstrikes in Northern Gaza.

Gaza’s Health Ministry said that at least nine Palestinians were killed by Israeli airstrikes. Three of those killed are children.

(WAFA, PC, Agencies, Social Media)

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