Air Strikes escalate in Israel

The President of the United States of America, Joe Biden, said that he anticipated the fight “will be closing down sooner than later". On Wednesday, the Israeli forces killed a senior Hamas commander and bombed several buildings. The health jurisdiction in Gaza said that they were examining the deaths of several people who may have inhaled poisonous gas.

Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel has assured to continue acting to strike at the military capabilities of Hamas and other Gaza groups. Hamas is regarded as a terrorist group by the United States and Israel. Turkey’s wine and dine with Hamas leaders in Istanbul in recent years has contributed to its falling out with Israel.

It is recorded that 67 people have been killed in Gaza between May 10, 2021, to My 13, 2021. Israel has destroyed a six-story building in the middle of Gaza City. All this violence is just for a piece of land that is reserved by both Muslims and Jews. Muslims call it Haram al-Sharif and Jews call it a Temple Mount.

The future of the City, with its rooted sectarian and ethnic significance to both sides, lies at the heart of the decagon-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A leading Hamas official has announced that the group is ready for a mutual ceasefire if the international society pressures Israel to quench military actions at the disputed al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.

The innocent people do not want this violence. Mark Regev said, “We didn’t want this conflict but now that it has started it has to end with an uninterrupted period of quiet that can be brought about by Israel taking the Hamas out.”

The resident of Salwa Al-Attar who liberated the shelling with her family said that they felt like they were in a horror movie, the planes were above them, and the tanks and navy were attacking, and they could not move.

Hamas: the Palestinian Militant Group that rules Gaza

Hamas is the largest of several Palestinian militant Islamic groups. Hamas originally had a dual aspiration of carrying out an armed struggle opposing Israel - led by its military wings. In 2005, when Israel departed its troops and settlers from Gaza, Hamas also engaged in the Palestinian political alters. In some cases, its military wing is labelled as a terrorist group by Israel, the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, and other powers as well.

In December 2008, the Israeli military launched an operation that led to layoff rocket attacks. During that 22-day conflict, more than 1,300 Palestinians and 13 Israelis were wiped out.

The Palestinian officials in Gaza forenamed Sunday i.e. May 16, 2021, as the deadliest day since the current fighting with Israel began. The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, was cautioned that further fighting could go down as a crisis.

On Monday i.e. May 17, 2021, Israeli warplanes launched 80 airstrikes on several areas of Gaza City, shortly after Hamas militants fired a shower of rockets at southern Israel. The UN has also notified of fuel shortages in Gaza which could lead to hospitals and other facilities losing power.

The UNSC meeting

The 15-members of the United Nations Security Council are unable to agree on a public statement in recent days, and none was impending after the meeting which was held on Sunday, in which US ambassador, Linda Thomas-Greenfield said "In all these engagements with Israeli officials, the Palestinian Authority, and all regional partners, the United States has made clear that we are prepared to lend our support and good offices should the parties seek a ceasefire."

Israeli ambassador, Gilad Erdan, ended by imploring the Security Council to emphatically chid Hamas but warned that Israel would take all steps necessary to protect itself. “Israel will take all steps necessary to protect its civilians while making every effort to avoid harming Palestinian civilians," he said.

Worried Mothers

Since missiles began hammering close to the houses, the mothers in Gaza City have started to fear for their child’s safety. They say that the nights are so horrifying for us and our children.

"In any moment your home might be your grave, everything is shaking around us,” said Najwa, a mother of a five-year-old kid. She is one of the residents in Israel and Gaza who have been clutched by fear.

Also, there was a protest at the Jordanian and Lebanese with Israel in support of Palestinians. A man is dragged from his car by a sullen clan and was severely beaten near the Israeli city. As he lies frozen on the ground he is hit repeatedly on the head. The crowd ultimately leaves him lying in the middle of the road. Palestinian anger had already been stoked by weeks of rising tension in East Jerusalem, incited by a series of showdowns with police since the start of Ramadan in mid-April.

Israel has, additionally, initiated 10 reserve border patrol companies to help gear the worst discord between Arab and Jewish people for many years. The militants in Gaza said that they had fired approximately 130 rockets into Israel, in kickback to an Israeli air raid that destroyed the al-Sharouk tower in Gaza City. The tower, which was destroyed by airstrikes, housed al-Aqsa TV, was the third-largest building in Gaza which was also a TV station run by Hamas.

US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, said he had sent a delegate to the region to meet both sides. Russia has called for a crucial meeting of the Middle East Quartet, comprised of the European Union, Russia, the United Nations, and the United States.

Rashida Tlaib, the US Congress’ only Palestinian-American member, delivered an emotional speech on the House floor, summoning President Joe Biden, and other top US leaders for offering statements that she says, do not acknowledge what Palestinians are currently experiencing amid the Gaza fighting.

The Russian foreign ministry in a statement quoted a Hamas spokesman as saying the movement was ready for a ceasefire if Israel stopped "violent acts" in East Jerusalem and "illegal measures in respect of its native Arab residents".

Palestinian mediator, Husam Zomlot, tweeted an image of flames and smoke in northern Gaza following an artillery bombardment from Israel.

“We are tired, we need a truce. We can’t bear it anymore,” Haya Abdelal said. The Israeli army spokesperson’s office said the strike targeted Hamas “underground military infrastructure." and “the underground facility collapsed, causing the civilian houses' foundations above them to collapse as well, leading to unintended casualties,” it said.

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