10,000 Palestinians have fled their homes in the Gaza Strip as the death toll from Israeli airstrikes on the enclave reaches 126, according to the United Nations.
Not less than 126 Palestinians, including 31 children, have been killed with 920 wounded since hostilities flared up on Monday, May 10, 2021. Thousands of Palestinian families have been forced to take shelter in United Nations-run schools in northern Gaza to escape Israeli artillery fire.
Despite international calls for an immediate end to all hostilities, especially from the UN’s chief Antonio Guterres, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged to continue strikes “as needed to restore calm in the state of Israel”.
Militant Palestinian nationalist and Islamist movement Hama fired another barrage of rockets towards Israel, hitting the city of Ashkelon in the early hours on Friday, May 14, 2021.
At least six Israelis and one Indian national was killed in the attack. The Israeli army said hundreds of rockets have been fired from Gaza towards various Israel locations and have added reinforcements near the enclave’s eastern lands.
Meanwhile, violence is brewing between Israeli settlers and Palestinian citizens in the occupied West Bank, as well as in Israel. In another potential escalation, at least three rockets were fired from southern Lebanon towards Israel.