Israel-Palestine conflict highlights: The violence between Israel and Hamas has intensified in the past eight days and is showing no signs of abating despite regular diplomatic efforts to bring about a ceasefire. The region's fiercest hostilities in years have taken over 200 lives in Israel. According to Israeli media, Hamas has fired over 3,350 rockets from Gaza -- 200 on Monday alone -- and that Israeli strikes have killed at least 130 militants. The death toll in Gaza has crossed 200 -- including 61 children and 36 women -- while 10 people have died in Israel -- including two children. Around midnight, Lebanon fired six shells towards northern Israel but fell short of crossing the border.
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Israel-Palestine conflict LIVE updates: Israeli Prez speaks to kin of Indian caregiver killed in rocket attack from Gaza
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday spoke to the family of the Indian caregiver who was killed on May 11 in a rocket attack by Palestinian militants from Gaza, and conveyed his condolences. Soumya Santosh, 30, who hailed from Kerala's Idukki district, worked as a caregiver attending to an old woman at a house in the southern Israeli coastal city of Ashkelon. She was talking to her husband Santhosh over a video call in the evening on May 11 when a rocket fired from Gaza directly hit the house where she was working. The details of the conversation the Israeli President had with the family were not immeditaely available.
Israel-Palestine conflict LIVE updates: Netanyahu says Hamas dealt 'unexpected blows'
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Palestinian militants have been dealt unexpected blows in more than a week of Israeli bombardments in the Gaza Strip. Netanyahus office released a video of the prime minister speaking in front of an F-16 fighter jet at an air force base in southern Israel on Tuesday. I have no doubt that we set them back many years, Netanyahu said. I am sure that all our enemies around us see the price we have levied for the aggression against us, and I am sure they will learn the lesson. Scores of Palestinians and Lebanese protesting along the border with Israel threw rocks and climbed the cement wall snaking around the frontier, and drew tear gas from Israeli forces Tuesday.
Israel-Palestine conflict LIVE updates: Democrats step up pressure on Biden on Israel-Hamas battles
Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his envoy reached out to Palestinian and regional Arab leaders Tuesday on a ninth day of Israeli airstrikes and Hamas rockets, while some House Democrats split on whether to step up pressure for a cease-fire and for more forceful U.S. diplomacy to end the fighting. Democrats on the House Foreign Affairs Committee weighed but on Tuesday shelved writing President Joe Biden to demand that he delay a pending $735 million sale of precision-guided missiles to Israel. Dozens of progressive and mainstream Democratic lawmakers have called for a cease-fire between Israel and Gaza's Hamas militants, and some Democrats are demanding Biden push harder for an end to fighting.
Israel-Palestine conflict LIVE updates: EU - minus Hungary - calls for Israeli-Palestinian ceasefire
European Union foreign ministers called on Tuesday for a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas and boosted humanitarian aid for Gaza, but failed to reach the unanimity that might give the EU leverage in peacemaking. Hungary, Israel's closest ally in the bloc, declined to join the other 26 foreign ministers in calling for a truce on their video call, convened by EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell. Nevertheless, the other ministers vowed that the EU would try to relaunch the peace process along with the United States, Russia and the United Nations. "As a minimum we can try to get a ceasefire, then provide humanitarian aid, and then see what can be done to restart the Middle East peace process to address the root causes of the violence," Maltese Foreign Minister Evarist Bartolo told Reuters.
Israel-Palestine conflict LIVE updates: Pentagon chief supports de-escalation in Gaza conflict
US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin expressed his support for a de-escalation in fighting between Israel and Palestinian Islamist group Hamas in a call with his Israeli counterpart on Tuesday, the Pentagon said. "Austin reiterated the United States' unwavering support for Israel's right to defend itself and to protect Israeli civilians, and lamented the loss of innocent Israeli and Palestinian lives," Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said. "Austin expressed his support for de-escalation of the conflict and the restoration of calm," Kirby added.
Israel-Palestine conflict LIVE updates: In Gaza, UN classrooms become dormitories as Palestinians flee conflict
UN-run schools in Gaza look very little like places of learning these days in the midst of a conflict between Israel and Palestinian armed groups that is in its second week. Laundry is hung on makeshift washing lines, mothers scrub infants at bathroom sinks and classrooms have become dormitories with desks stacked up and blankets spread on the floor. For Palestinians crammed into this narrow strip of land, wedged between Israel, the Mediterranean and a small stretch of Egypt, there are few places to seek shelter from bombardment. So, many have fled to schools run by the U.N. refugee agency UNRWA, which estimates that 47,000 Palestinians are now camped out in the 58 education establishments it runs in the enclave. "We have quit without taking mattresses or anything. We left the house as it is, and we escaped," said Hassan Haboub, a father of nine whose family have made a temporary home in the four-storey complex of Gaza City's Beach elementary school.
Israel-Palestine conflict LIVE updates: EU set to call for Israel-Palestinian peace talks with US, Russia
European Union foreign ministers are set on Tuesday to call for a ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, offer more humanitarian aid and try to relaunch peace talks, Malta's foreign minister said. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell began an emergency call with member states' foreign ministers after criticism of the West's response to violence that flared last week, including from Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan. "I think I'm not being too optimistic (to say) that at a minimum, what will probably come out (of the EU meeting) is the call for a ceasefire, an offer of humanitarian aid, and then seeing how to restart the political process," Bartolo told Reuters via video link after the ministers' call began.
Israel-Palestine conflict LIVE updates: US reaches out to Arab leaders on Israel, Gaza fighting
Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his envoy reached out to Palestinian and regional Arab leaders on Tuesday as attacks between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers raged on, maintaining what the Biden administration is calling its quiet diplomacy while still declining to press for an immediate cease-fire. Blinken, speaking during an unrelated trip focusing on Russia and Nordic countries, also defended the U.S. decision to block what would have been a unanimous U.N. Security Council statement on the fighting and its civilian toll, and the overall U.S. approach to the worst Israeli-Palestinian fighting since 2014. President Joe Biden, speaking to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, expressed general support for a cease fire but stopped short of joining dozens of Democratic lawmakers in demanding one. "Our goal remains to bring the current cycle of violence to an end and then return to a process in which a lasting peace can be forged, the U.S. diplomat said.
Israel-Palestine conflict LIVE updates: Israel gives US info about Gaza building strike
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says Israel has given the United States information about its bombing of a Gaza building housing The Associated Press and other media outlets. Israel had claimed that Hamas had a military intelligence office in the Gaza building which it levelled in a weekend airstrike. But Israel has not publicly provided any evidence backing up that claim. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would share any evidence of Hamas' presence in the targeted building through intelligence channels. Blinken said from Iceland on Tuesday that "we have received some further information through intelligence channels." He declined to characterize the material, saying "that's not something I can comment on. Press freedom groups condemned the attack, which levelled the building and marked a new chapter in the already rocky relationship between the Israeli military and the international media. AP President Gary Pruitt has called for an independent investigation into the attack.
Israel-Palestine conflict LIVE updates: 52,000 displaced in Gaza, Amnesty wants war crimes investigation
More than 52,000 Palestinians have been displaced by Israeli air strikes that have destroyed or badly damaged nearly 450 buildings in the Gaza Strip, the U.N. aid agency said on Tuesday. In a separate statement on the conflict, rights group Amnesty International said Israel air strikes on residential buildings might amount to war crimes. Israel says it hits only legitimate military targets and that it does all it can to avoid civilian casualties. About 47,000 of the displaced people have sought shelter in 58 U.N.-run schools in Gaza, Jens Laerke, a spokesman for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Geneva, told reporters. Laerke said 132 buildings had been destroyed and 316 had been severely damaged, including six hospitals and nine primary healthcare centres as well a desalination plant, affecting access to drinking water for about 250,000 people.
Israel-Palestine conflict LIVE updates: 2 killed, 10 wounded in strike from Gaza, says Israeli medics
A strike launched from Gaza on Tuesday wounded 10 people in southern Israel, four of them seriously, Israeli medics reported, as Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers continued to trade attacks. However, Israeli police said that the strike launched from Gaza killed two people in Israel. Two Thai workers inside a packaging plant in southern Israel, the police said, as Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers continued to trade attacks throughout the day.
Israel-Palestine conflict LIVE updates: Hamas-Israel fighting abates as truce calls mount
Cross-border fighting between Israel and Hamas appeared to abate slightly early on Tuesday, with no fatalities logged in Gaza for the first time since hostilities erupted on May 10, and fewer long-range Palestinian rocket attacks. But a call by U.S. President Joe Biden on Monday in support of a ceasefire appeared to go unheeded. Israel said it would press on, for now, with an offensive to destroy the capabilities of the armed factions Hamas and Islamic Jihad and rocket attacks continued. The United States and other world powers have been pushing for an end to the fiercest escalation in the conflict in years, in which Gaza officials say 212 Palestinians, including 61 children and 36 women, have been killed. There was no immediate word of Israeli casualties on Tuesday. Ten people have been killed in Israel, including two children, in previous Palestinian rocket or missile attacks. In signs of a possible spread of the violence, the Israeli military said its troops shot dead a Palestinian who tried to attack them with a gun and improvised explosives in the occupied West Bank and that it downed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) near the border with Jordan on Tuesday.
Israel-Palestine conflict LIVE updates: Israel, Hamas trade fire in Gaza as war rages on
Israel carried out a wave of airstrikes on what it said were militant targets in Gaza, levelling a six-story building, and militants fired dozens of rockets into Israel on Tuesday.
Israel-Palestine conflict LIVE updates: More than 52,000 Palestinians displaced in Gaza
More than 52,000 Palestinians have been displaced by Israeli air strikes that have destroyed or badly damaged nearly 450 buildings in the Gaza Strip, the UN aid agency said on Tuesday. About 47,000 of the displaced people have sought shelter in 58 UN-run schools in Gaza, Jens Laerke, spokesman of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told reporters. Laerke said 132 buildings had been destroyed and 316 had been severely damaged, including six hospitals and nine primary healthcare centres. The UN agency said it welcomed the fact that Israel had opened one border crossing for humanitarian supplies but called for another crossing to also be opened. (via Reuters)
Israel-Palestine conflict LIVE updates: EU mulls ways to help defuse Israel-Palestinian fighting
European Union foreign ministers are meeting Tuesday to discuss how to use the 27-nation bloc’s political clout to help diplomatic efforts to end the fighting between the Israeli armed forces and Palestinian militants. The EU has been united in its calls for a cease-fire and the need for a political solution to end the latest conflict — now in its second week — but the nations are divided over how best to help. No firm decisions involving threats of sanctions or other measures are likely from the ministers’ videoconference.
Israel-Palestine conflict LIVE updates: Israel Defense Force thwarts an attack on IDF soldiers
Update | After 6 hours of silence, sirens are sounding again in southern Israel (via IDF on Twitter)
Israel-Palestine conflict LIVE updates: Israel, Hamas trade fire in Gaza; Palestinians go on strike
Israel carried out a wave of airstrikes on what it said were militant targets in Gaza, leveling a six-story building, and militants fired dozens of rockets into Israel on Tuesday. Palestinians across the region observed a general strike as the war, now in its second week, showed no signs of abating. The strikes toppled a building that housed libraries and educational centers belonging to the Islamic University, leaving behind a massive mound of rebar and concrete slabs. Desks, office chairs, books and computer wires could be seen in the debris. Residents sifted through the rubble, searching for their belongings. Israel warned the building's residents ahead of time, sending them fleeing into the predawn darkness, and there were no reports of casualties.
Israel-Palestine conflict LIVE updates: Israel, Hamas trade fire in Gaza as war rages on
Israel carried out a wave of airstrikes on what it said were militant targets in Gaza, leveling a six-story building in downtown Gaza City, and Palestinian militants fired dozens of rockets into Israel early Tuesday, the latest in the fourth war between the two sides, now in its second week. Explosions from the airstrikes echoed through the pre-dawn darkness in Gaza City, sending flashes of orange across the night sky. The strikes toppled the Kahil building, which contains libraries and educational centers belonging to the Islamic University. Clouds of dust hung over the site, which had been reduced to piles of concrete rubble and tangled power lines. There were no immediate reports of casualties from the overnight strikes.
Israel-Palestine conflict LIVE updates: Indonesians protest at US Embassy over Israel's airstrikes
Pro-Palestinian protesters marched to the heavily guarded U.S. Embassy in Indonesia’s capital on Tuesday to demand an end to Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip. Waving Indonesian and Palestinian flags and signs that read “Free Palestine,” several hundred demonstrators gathered along a major street in Jakarta that runs outside the embassy. More than 1,000 police were deployed around the compound, which is blocked off by concrete road separators. Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim majority nation, does not have formal diplomatic relations with Israel and there is not an Israeli Embassy in the country. One group of protesters, organized by the United Indonesian Muslim Student Action group, chanted “God is Great” and “Freedom for Palestine” as they marched. Their banners and placards slammed the airstrikes in Gaza and denounced America's staunch support of Israel. Similar protests organized by union workers were held at the same time Tuesday in other Indonesian cities, including in Surabaya, Bandung, Yogyakarta, Makassar and Riau.
Israel-Palestine conflict LIVE updates: Israel destroys Gaza's first 3D printer
Israel's air raid destroyed Gaza's first 3D printer, Tashkeel3D, a computer that manufactured the region's medical devices.
Israel-Palestine conflict LIVE updates: South Korea, Indonesia protest against Israel
Protesters from Indonesia and South Korea are gathering to protest against Israel for bombarding Gaza. (via Al Jazeera)
Israel-Palestine conflict LIVE updates: Israel will continue to strike terror targets: PM Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel will “continue to strike terror targets” in the Gaza Strip after a week of fighting with Palestinian militants. In an address after meeting with top defense officials, Netanyahu said Monday that Israel will “continue to operate as long as necessary in order to return calm and security to all Israeli citizens.” The fighting broke out May 10, when Hamas fired long-range rockets at Jerusalem after weeks of clashes in the holy city between Palestinian protesters and Israeli police.
Israel-Palestine conflict LIVE updates: Gaza begins day with more blasts
Israel continued to air raid Gaza as the day broke on Tuesday, wrote Al Jazeera. Explosions could be heard and the balls of fire were seen rising from several buildings in Gaza city.