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Israeli warplanes destroy civilian buildings killing 212 Palestinians, incl 61 children in Gaza

18th May 2021
Israeli warplanes destroy civilian buildings killing 212 Palestinians, incl 61 children in Gaza

By Halime Afra Aksoy

 

GAZA CITY, Palestine (AA): Israeli warplanes destroyed a six-story building in the Gaza Strip on early Tuesday.

The building in the Rimal neighborhood in western Gaza was located near a group of schools belonging to the United Nations Palestinian Refugee Assistance Agency and Islamic University of Gaza.

No casualties were reported in the attack.

Israeli attacks on the besieged Gaza on Tuesday also damaged Health Ministry building, said Palestinian officials.

Al-Rimal Health Center and the administrative building of the ministry, which are located near the region were targeted by Israel. They have been severely damaged, said the Gaza Health Ministry.

The statement said that some officers in the ministry building in the Rimal neighborhood were also injured.

Israeli missile attack on the Ghazi Al Shawwa building in the Rimal neighborhood killed two people including a child and injured 10 others, including health ministry officials, said the Gaza government information office.

Qatari Foreign Ministry on Monday condemned the Israeli strike on the Qatari Red Crescent building in the besieged Gaza Strip in Palestine.

The targeting of humanitarian and media institutions is a clear violation of international law, against humanitarian norms and values, the ministry said in a statement.

“Qatar calls on the international community to condemn this sinful act and to exert further efforts to put an end to Israeli’s continuous crimes in the occupied territories, and to protect civilians, journalists, medical practitioners, and humanitarian workers,” the statement added.

The total number of people killed in the ongoing Israeli attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip has risen to 212, including 61 children, 35 women, and 16 elderly people, the Palestinian Health Ministry said on Monday.

Some 1,400 people have also been injured in the attacks, the ministry said in a statement.

Over 38,000 Palestinians have sought shelter at dozens of UN schools across the Gaza Strip after being displaced by Israel’s continued attacks, the UN said on Monday.

Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, said Israeli strikes on densely-populated coastal enclave have left more than 2,500 people homeless after their houses were destroyed, and damaged 41 educational facilities including a UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) vocational center and higher education facility.

Electricity has been reduced to just six to eight hours per day, resulting in ripple effects that have hindered healthcare and other services, including water and sanitation, Dujarric said.

The Israeli military has staged airstrikes across the Gaza Strip since May 10, leaving behind a massive trail of destruction across the seaside territory.

Ten Israelis have also been killed in Palestinian rocket fire from the Gaza Strip into Israel.

Meanwhile in  the West Bank, the Israeli army fatally shot a Palestinian on Monday in the occupied West Bank, raising the recent death toll to 22.

“A Palestinian citizen was killed by the Israeli army during clashes that erupted in Al-Arroub refugee camp in Hebron,” the Palestinian Health Ministry said in a statement.

Eyewitnesses told Anadolu Agency that dozens of Palestinians clashed with Israeli soldiers, who opened fire on them.

The recent tensions that started in East Jerusalem during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan spread to Gaza as a result of Israeli assaults on worshippers in the flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem, where Al-Aqsa is located, during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. It annexed the entire city in 1980 in a move never recognized by the international community.

[Photo: Palestinian Al Deyri family’s children are seen on the street after their home demolished by Israeli army’s airstrikes in Gaza City, Gaza on May 17, 2021. Photographer: Ali Jadallah/AA]

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