Friday, March 17, 2023

Israel escalates attacks on Palestinians in Gaza

About 188 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza, including 55 children and 33 women, with 1,230 people wounded.

Some 10,000 Gazans are hiding in schools, mosques and other places during COVID-19 pandemic with limited access to water, food, hygiene and health services, says UN.

US President Joe Biden again underscored Israel’s right to defend itself in a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Gaza: The number of Palestinians killed in Israel attacks on the Gaza Strip has raised to188. In Gaza, emergency teams worked to pull out bodies from vast piles of smoking rubble and toppled buildings, as relatives wailed in horror and grief.

More Israeli attacks on Gaza, 188 Palestinians killed so far, said the Gaza health officials, UN Security Council prepared to meet amid global alarm at the escalating attacks. According to Gaza health officials, 16 women and 10 children were killed in the air strikes which also targeted the home of a Hamas leader. 

Some 10,000 Gazans have fled their homes near the Israeli border for fear of a ground offensive, the UN said.

“They are sheltering in schools, mosques and other places during a global COVID-19 pandemic with limited access to water, food, hygiene and health services,” UN humanitarian official Lynn Hastings said.

The UN office stated that the Israeli forces and Palestinian groups must allow the UN to provide humanitarian aid including fuel, medical supplies, and food to the affected people. It urged that all parties must always adhere to international humanitarian and human rights laws.

Biden expressed his “strong support” for Israel “right to defend itself” against rocket attacks by “Hamas and other militant groups,” in his call with Netanyahu, while also emphasizing his clear concern over the deadly flare-up and casualties on both sides.

In its airstrikes, Israel has leveled a number of Gaza City’s tallest office and residential buildings, alleging they contain Hamas military infrastructure. Among them was the building housing The Associated Press office and those of other media outlets.

Balls of flame and a cloud of debris shot into the sky Saturday afternoon as Israel’s air force flattened the 13-floor Gaza building housing Qatar-based Al Jazeera and the Associated Press news agency, after giving a warning to evacuate.

Things get disturbed since the start of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan in mid-April 2021, due to conflicts between police and Palestinians in Jerusalem, where heavy-handed Israeli police tactics during Ramadan and the threatened eviction of dozens of Palestinian families by Jewish settlers ignited protests and clashes with police. A focal point of clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police was Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque, built on a hilltop compound that is revered by Jews and Muslims.

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