Israeli strike killed 33 collapsed buildings in Gaza City
Military doctors said that the Israeli airstrike on Gaza City razed to the ground on Sunday, destroyed three buildings and killed at least 33 people. This is the most since Israel broke out in fierce fighting with the country’s militant Hamas ruler nearly a week ago A fatal attack.
A rescuer can be seen yelling into a hole in the rubble. “Can you hear me?” he called out. “Are you okay?” A few minutes later, the first responders managed to pull the survivor out and take him away on an orange stretcher. The Ministry of Health in Gaza said that 12 women and 8 children were among the victims, and 50 others were injured in the attack.
The Israeli military said earlier that in another strike in the southern town of Khan Younis, the residence of Yahiyeh Sinwar, the leader of Gaza’s supreme Hamas, was destroyed. This is the third such attack on the houses of senior Hamas leaders in the past two days, who have gone underground.
As international mediators are trying to bring about a ceasefire, Israel seems to have intensified strikes in recent days, causing as much damage as possible to Hamas. However, targeting leaders of the organization may hinder these efforts. A US diplomat is trying to ease tensions in the area, and the UN Security Council is scheduled to meet on Sunday.
The most recent incident of violence began in East Jerusalem last month, when Palestinian tactics against Israeli police during Ramadan and Jewish settlers threatened to expel dozens of Palestinian families, and there were protests and clashes with the police. The focal point of the conflict was the Al-Aqsa Mosque, a frequent bombing incident on the top of a hill revered by both Muslims and Jews. Hamas launched a rocket into Jerusalem late Monday, triggering an Israeli attack on Gaza.
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.
At least 181 Palestinians were killed in Gaza, including 52 children and 31 women, and 1,225 were injured. Eight people were killed in Israel, including a 5-year-old boy and a soldier.
The military said on Sunday that it attacked the residence of Sinwar and the residence of his brother Muhammad, another senior member of Hamas. On Saturday, it destroyed the residence of Hhalil al-Hayeh, a senior figure in the Hamas political department.
The upper echelon of Hamas is already hiding in Gaza. When the strike occurs, it is impossible for anyone to be at home. The top leader of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh (Ismail Haniyeh) divided his time between Turkey and Qatar, and both countries provided political support for the organization.
Hamas and Islamic Jihad have confirmed that 20 combatants have been killed since the fighting broke out on Monday. Israel stated that the actual number is much higher and has released the names and photos of the two alleged agents who were allegedly “eliminated”.
An Egyptian diplomat said that Israel’s goals against Hamas’ political leaders would complicate the ceasefire. When discussing closed-door negotiations, the diplomat, who asked not to be named, said that Cairo is working hard to bring the fighting to an end.
The Egyptian diplomat said that the rocket that destroys Hamas will require a ground invasion, which will “anger the entire region.” The official said that Egypt, which achieved peace with Israel decades ago, threatened to “suspend” cooperation in various fields.
Hamas and other militant groups fired about 2,900 rockets into Israel. The military stated that 450 of the rockets missed or were not launched, while Israel’s air defense system intercepted 1,150.
Since the conflict broke out, Israel has said that 90% have been intercepted, and the interception rate seems to have dropped significantly. The military did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
At the same time, Israel has carried out hundreds of air strikes on the impoverished Gaza Strip. The Gaza Strip is home to 2 million Palestinians. Since Hamas seized power from hostile Palestinian troops in 2007, Israel has been subject to Israeli and Egyptian forces. Blockade.
Israel claims that the tallest office and residential buildings in Gaza City have been razed to the ground, claiming that they contain Hamas’ military infrastructure. On Saturday, Israel bombed the 12-story Al-Jalaa building where the Associated Press office is located. The building also houses the TV network Ja-Jazeera (Ja-Jazeera) and other media, as well as several floors of apartments.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: “The movement will continue as long as it is needed.” He claimed that the Hamas military intelligence service 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. 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. .
Associated Press President and CEO Gary Pruitt (Gary Pruitt) said in a statement: “We have no indication that Hamas is in or in the building.” “This is our exhaustion.” Things that can be actively checked. We will never intentionally put our reporters at risk.”
In the afternoon, the military called the owner of the building and warned that a strike would take place within an hour. Associated Press staff and other personnel were evacuated safely. Soon after, three missiles hit the building and destroyed it, causing it to fall into a huge cloud of dust.
Pruitt said: “Because of what is happening today, the world will know less about what is happening in Gaza.” “We are shocked and terrified.”
He said the Associated Press is seeking information from the Israeli government and is working with the US State Department to learn more.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken then spoke with Pruitt over the phone to provide support to independent journalists and media organizations. The White House said it has communicated directly with Israel to urge the safety of journalists.
While working hard to mitigate the escalation of the crisis, the Biden administration affirmed its support for Israel. American diplomat Hady Amr was in the area as part of the armistice agreement.
Klaus reports from Jerusalem. Associated Press writer Samy Magdy is based in Cairo, with contributions from Isaac Scharf from Jerusalem and Bassem Mroue from Beirut.