Israel attacked the home of Hamas leader Gaza, destroying the Associated Press office
Israel slammed the Gaza Strip with air strikes, including bombing the residences of senior Hamas leaders, killing 10 families in refugee camps, most of them children, and smashing the Gaza Strip. The high-rise buildings of the Associated Press and other media.
The Hamas militant group continues to fire rockets at Israel, including a late-night barrage in Tel Aviv. On Saturday, a man was killed when a rocket hit his home on the outskirts of a seaside metropolis.
After five days of chaos, the Gaza Strip with a U.S. envoy who called for a ceasefire increased, killing at least 145 Palestinians in Gaza, including 41 children and 23 women, and eight deaths in Israel , One of them died. They are civilians, including 5-year-old children. President Biden had asked for a demotion, but he supported Israel’s election campaign. He spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas respectively.
Israel still stepped up its offensive, vowing to undermine the ability of the Hamas ruler in Gaza. Over the past week, tensions have intensified. Israel has taken drastic measures in disputed Jerusalem. The deadly violence that occurred this week was launched by Hamas rockets.
At the beginning of Sunday, Israeli warplanes attacked several buildings and roads in important areas of Gaza City. Photos circulated by residents and reporters showed that the airstrike created a crater that blocked one of the main roads to Shifa, the largest hospital in the area.
The Ministry of Health said that the recent air strikes killed at least two people and injured 25 people, including children and women. The Israeli military did not immediately comment.
On Saturday, Israel bombed the residence of Halil al-Hayeh, a senior figure in Hamas’s political branch, saying the building was part of the organization’s “terrorist infrastructure”. There is no immediate report on Haye’s fate or any casualties.
The bombing of Al-Hayeh’s home shows that the scope of the Israeli campaign is not limited to the group’s military commanders. Israel says that although Hamas and the smaller Islamic Jihad have only admitted 20 dead members, it has killed dozens of people in the military branch of Hamas.
Since the conflict broke out, Israel has razed some of the tallest office and residential buildings in Gaza City, accusing them of being part of Hamas’ military infrastructure. Last Saturday, it turned to the 12-story Al-Jalaa building, AP’s office, TV station Al-Jazeera’s TV station and other media are all here, and there are several floors of apartments.
Netanyahu said in a televised speech on Saturday night: “The campaign will continue as long as it is needed.” He claimed that Hamas military intelligence is operating inside the building. Israel usually regards the presence of Hamas as the reason for targeting certain locations (including residential buildings) in air strikes. The military also accused militant groups of using journalists as human shields, but did not provide any evidence to support this claim.
The Associated Press has been operating the building for 15 years, including the previous three wars between Israel and Hamas, but it was not directly targeted. During these and current conflicts, the news agency’s cameras on the top-level offices and rooftop terraces provided 24-hour live filming, rockets from militants flew toward Israel, and Israeli airstrikes hit the city and its surrounding areas hard. .
In the afternoon, the military called the owner of the building and warned that a strike would take place within an hour. Associated Press personnel and other residents were evacuated safely.
Soon after, three missiles hit the building and destroyed it, causing it to fall into a huge cloud of dust.
Associated Press President and CEO Gary Pruitt (Gary Pruitt) said in his speech: “Because of what is happening today, the world knows very little about what is happening in Gaza.” The buildings of the Associated Press office and other news organizations in Gaza were devastated and shocked.”
“This is an incredible development. We narrowly avoided a heavy loss of life.” He said, adding that the Associated Press is seeking intelligence from the Israeli government and is cooperating with the US State Department to learn more.
Mostefa Souag, Acting Director-General of Al Jazeera Media Network, called the strike a “war crime” and its purpose was to “silence the media and cover up the endless slaughter and suffering of the people of Gaza.”
Later that day, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki tweeted that the United States “directly conveyed to the Israelis that ensuring the safety and security of journalists and independent media is the primary responsibility.”
In the early hours of Saturday morning, another airstrike hit an apartment building in a densely populated sandy refugee camp in Gaza City, killing two women and eight children.
Mohammed Hadidi told reporters that his wife and brother’s wife gathered at home with their children to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr holiday, the Islamic holiday ending Ramadan. The only survivor is Hadidi’s 5-month-old son Omar.
The explosion filled the children’s bedrooms with rubble and smashed the salon. Among the wreckage are children’s toys, monopoly board games, and unfinished food for holiday parties sitting on the kitchen counter.
“No warning… You filmed people eating and then bombed them?” Neighbor Jamal Najib said, referring to Israel’s surveillance of the Gaza Strip.
The Israeli military did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The White House said that Biden expressed “firm support” for the Israeli campaign during the call with Netanyahu, but expressed concern about civilian casualties and the protection of journalists.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said on Twitter on Saturday that he once again had a conversation with Israeli Defense Secretary Benny Gantz, reiterating Israel’s right to self-defense and condemning “Hama Sri Lanka deliberately attacked Israeli citizens”. Austin added: “I also hope to return to calm as soon as possible.”
The explosion occurred the day after the American diplomat Hady Amr arrived in Israel as part of Washington’s efforts to escalate the conflict. Egyptian intelligence officials said on Friday that Israel rejected Egypt’s one-year armistice agreement that Hamas rulers have accepted.
Working closely with Egypt on security issues, the Egyptian mediator on the border with the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip seems increasingly shocked. Intelligence officials said that Egypt hopes that US intervention will prevent Israeli attacks. The UN Security Council is scheduled to meet on Sunday.
Tensions began in East Jerusalem earlier this month, when Palestinians protested against settlers’ attempts to forcibly evict the homes of some Palestinian families and the measures taken by the Israeli police at Al-Aqsa Mosque, Al-Aqsa Mosque. Aqsa Mosque) is a frequent explosion site in the old city, affected by Muslims and Jews.
Hamas launched a rocket into Jerusalem late Monday, triggering an Israeli attack on Gaza. Since then, Hamas has launched more than 2,000 rockets, although most rockets missed or were intercepted by anti-missile defense systems. Israeli warplanes and artillery attacked hundreds of targets in the blocked Gaza Strip. There are about 2 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
The unrest also spread to other places, intensified protests in the occupied West Bank, and triggered violence between Jews and Arab citizens in Israel, causing conflicts and vigilant attacks on people and property.
On Saturday, the Palestinians celebrated “Nakbar Day”, or “catastrophe,” commemorating the deportation of approximately 700,000 people from their homes or fleeing what is now Israel in the 1948 war created around it. Thousands of Arab Israelis marched in the Nakba rally in the northern Israeli city of Sukhnin, and protests took place in the West Bank.
Palestinian health officials reported Saturday that two Palestinians were killed in an Israeli fire in the West Bank. One of the shootings occurred when the military said it had thwarted a so-called car crash.