- The new outbreak of violence, the most intense in seven years, left at least 74 dead (67 Palestinians and 7 Israelis) and 388 injured in just over two days.
- US Secretary of State Antony Blinken had a telephone conversation with Palestinian leader Abu Mazen asking him to stop the launch of rockets towards Israel.
- A 6-year-old boy died and five people were injured when a rocket from Gaza hit a house in Sderot.
- Tensions in the Middle East have erupted after several Palestinian families have been displaced from their homes in East Jerusalem, which has led to protests and clashes
Hostilities between Israel and Hamas continued into the night and into the early morning hours. The rockets launched from the Gaza Strip reached the north of the Jewish state for the first time, in the Jezreel valley, where the sirens sounded. Alarm also in Tel Aviv, where thousands of citizens have had to seek shelter in shelters. There are no reports of injuries so far. The Israeli air force has carried out new raids on the territory of the Gaza Strip where, according to the local health ministry, at least 67 people have died since the start of hostilities. Instead they are so far 7 victims in Israel. Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz assured that operations will continue until the situation is “completely calmed”. In the hundreds of operations in recent days, the air force of the Jewish state has killed four military commanders and dozens of Hamas officials. Two buildings believed to be the bases of the Islamist movement were razed to the ground.
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07.00 – Divert all direct flights to Tel Aviv – All direct flights to Tel Aviv airport were diverted to other airports due to rockets launched from Gaza. The airport authorities report this.
The facts of the last few hours
Israeli air strikes demolished a 12-story building in Gaza City, which housed the offices of top Hamas officials.
Israeli drones fired a series of warning shots, to give people time to leave the building before it was destroyed by the military. There are currently no reports of casualties, but the airstrike marks another escalation in the offensive against Hamas. Last night, a Hamas rocket hit the western outskirts of Jerusalem, slightly damaging a house and causing a fire.
About 1,500 rockets have been fired from Gaza in the direction of Israeli cities since the hostilities between Hamas and Israel began. This was announced by the Israeli army. On Wednesday morning, the same army explained that a thousand rockets had been launched from Gaza since Monday morning. About 500 rockets have therefore been launched in the last 24 hours.
According to the army, 350 rockets “failed” and “hundreds” of others were intercepted by the “Iron Dome” missile shield. Seven people were killed, including a six-year-old boy and a soldier, by rocket fire or anti-tank missiles from the Gaza Strip.
The UN Security Council met yesterday behind closed doors to address the issue of clashes between Israel and the Palestinians. As happened in the meeting on Monday, the United States opposed the adoption of a joint declaration, deemed “counterproductive”. For Washington, “the Security Council shows its concern by meeting, nothing else is needed”. “The US does not seem to consider the possibility that a declaration could contribute to a de-escalation,” added another diplomat. According to various sources, 14 of the 15 members of the Council were in favor of approving a text, proposed by Tunisia, Norway and China, with the aim of reducing tension.
The death toll
It is at least 67 dead, including 17 children and six women, the latest toll from Israeli forces’ air strikes in the Gaza Strip since the start of hostilities, according to the Gaza Health Ministry, run by the Palestinian Hamas movement. Instead, at least 388 are injured, which according to the Palestinian group include 115 minors and 50 women. During the night the rocket launches from the enclave stopped for at least three hours, while this morning the alarm sirens resumed sounding in several Israeli locations (Kerem Shalom, Sderot, She’ar Hanegev, and various cities along the border of Gaza). Last night, new rockets were launched in the direction of Tel Aviv, also in the vicinity of Ben Gurion airport.
Instead they are so far 7 victims in Israel. Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz assured that operations will continue until the situation is “completely calmed down
Biden: “Tel Aviv has the right to defend itself”
“Israel has the right to defend itself.” So did President Joe Biden, indicating that he had spoken with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and indicating that he hopes the conflict will end soon. Biden also intends to appoint the US ambassador to Israel in the coming weeks. White House spokesperson Jen Psaki said this during the briefing with reporters.
UN envoy: “The most serious escalation between Israel and Palestinian militants in years”
United Nations envoy to the Middle East, Tor Wennesland, told the Security Council that the current violence is “the most serious escalation between Israel and Palestinian militants in years”. He is worried, diplomats said, that it could lead to civil war. Wennesland informed the Council behind closed doors, for the second time in three days, on the deterioration of the situation, on which the most powerful organ of the UN has not acted so far. United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the secretary general, Antonio Guterres, and Wennesland both reiterated that “the indiscriminate firing of rockets and mortars from highly populated civilian neighborhoods into civilian population centers violates international humanitarian law.” Wennesland acknowledges Israel’s legitimate security concerns, but reiterated that “the Israeli security forces should exercise maximum restraint, calibrate their use of force to spare civilians.”