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May 16, 2021 / 11:02 PM IST

Israel-Palestine Conflict Highlights: Urge both sides to show restraint, says India's representative at UN

Israel-Palestine Conflict Highlights: Israeli fighter jets struck multiple buildings in key areas of Hamas-controlled Gaza City earlier today. Health authorities in Gaza say at least 23 were killed in the airstrike

Israel-Palestine Conflict Highlights: The conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants continues to escalate. Israeli warplanes struck several buildings and roads in a vital part of Gaza City earlier today. According to photos circulated by residents and journalists, the airstrikes created a crater that blocked one of the main roads leading to Shifa, the largest hospital in
the Gaza Strip. Health authorities in blockade Gaza said the latest airstrikes left at least 23 dead and scores wounded, including children and women. It said rescuers are still digging through the rubble and had so far pulled up five more wounded. There was immediate comment from the Israeli military. Hamas, the Islamist group that controls Gaza, launched the rocket attacks last week, in retaliation for Israeli police clashes with Palestinians near al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam's third holiest site, in East Jerusalem. According to Israel’s defence forces, more than 2,000 rockets had been fired from Gaza into Israel since the start of the conflict, around half of them intercepted by the ‘Iron Dome’ air defence systems. Civil unrest between Jews and Arabs in Israel itself dealt a strong blow to efforts by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's opponents to unseat the Israeli leader after a series of inconclusive elections, giving rise to expectations that Israelis will go to the polls for an unprecedented fifth time in just over two years.
  • May 16, 2021 / 10:59 PM IST

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  • May 16, 2021 / 10:40 PM IST

    Israel-Palestine Conflict LIVE Updates | Condemn indiscriminate rocket firings from Gaza targeting civilian population in Israel: Indian envoy at UN

    "Indiscriminate rocket firings from Gaza targeting civilian population in Israel, which we condemn, and the retaliatory strikes into Gaza, have caused immense suffering and resulted in deaths including of women and children," said Permanent Representative of India to UN, TS Tirumurti.

  • May 16, 2021 / 10:35 PM IST

     Israel-Palestine Conflict LIVE Updates | Urge both sides to show restraint, says India's representative at UN

    "We urge both sides to show extreme restraint, desist from actions that exacerbate tensions, and refrain from attempts to unilaterally change the existing status quo, including in East Jerusalem and its neighbourhood," news agency ANI quoted Permanent Representative of India to UN, TS Tirumurti, as saying.

  • May 16, 2021 / 09:53 PM IST

     Israel-Palestine Conflict LIVE Updates | Barrage of Hamas rockets hit Ashkelon and Ashdod cities, claims report

    A barrage of rockets were fired by Hamas towards southern Israel, targeting buildings in Ashkelon and Ashdod cities, The Jerusalem Post reported. No casualties were incurred in the attack, the report claimed, adding that a syonogogue was extensively damaged in Ashkelon.

  • May 16, 2021 / 08:59 PM IST

     Israel-Palestine Conflict LIVE Updates | Military campaign at full force, will take time: Netanyahu

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the military campaign is continuing full-force and will take time despite a mounting death toll in fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip. In a televised address, Netanyahu said Sunday that Israel wants to levy a heavy price on Hamas and return peace and security and restore deterrence after nearly a week of fighting. (AP)

  • May 16, 2021 / 07:53 PM IST

    Israel-Palestine Conflict LIVE Updates | Muslim states condemn Israel's 'barbaric attacks' against Palestinians

    The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) called on Sunday for an immediate halt to what it described as Israel's barbaric attacks on Gaza and blamed "systematic crimes" against the Palestinians for hostilities now in their seventh day. The OIC statement came after a virtual meeting in which Saudi Arabia condemned the violation of the sanctity of Muslim holy sites and evictions of Palestinians from their homes in East Jerusalem.

    The 57-member body accused the United Nations Security Council of inertia. Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei issued a separate statement on Sunday, tweeted by Malaysia's premier, calling for an emergency U.N. General Assembly meeting.

    Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates called for a ceasefire. The UAE and Bahrain had along with other Arab states last year broken a longstanding taboo in the region by establishing formal ties with Israel, with tacit approval from Gulf power Riyadh.

    "De-escalation and the highest degree of restraint are important to avoid dragging the region to new levels of instability," said UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation Reem al-Hashimy.

    Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud opened the OIC meeting by urging the global community to end the escalation in violence and revive peace negotiations based on a two-state solution.

    Turkish foreign ministry sources said Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called for an international protection mechanism for Palestinian civilians and told the OIC that Israel should be held accountable for war crimes and that the International Criminal Court could play a role.

    His Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif urged the international community to start a "political and legislative" campaign against Israel, Iranian state media said.


  • May 16, 2021 / 07:04 PM IST

    Israel-Palestine Conflict LIVE Updates | Israeli officials defend bombing building housing AP, Al Jazeera offices

    The Israeli officials have defended the attack on building housing AP and Al Jazeera offices, claiming that the building entailed "military assets of the military intelligence” of Hamas. "The building housed the offices of civilian media, which the terrorist organization Hamas hides behind and uses as human shields," The Jerusalem Post quoted a spokesperson of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) as saying.

  • May 16, 2021 / 06:40 PM IST

     Israel-Palestine Conflict LIVE Updates | Indian journalist bodies condemn Israeli airstrike on Gaza building housing AP, Al Jazeera offices

    Indian journalist bodies including the Editors Guild of India (EGI) on Sunday strongly condemned the ''brazen'' Israeli airstrikes on a building in Gaza that housed the offices of the Associated Press, Al Jazeera and other news media outlets. The EGI said in a statement that given the recent background of the ''escalating conflict'' in this region, it sees this airstrike as ''a de facto attack on the news media by the Israeli government'' that can disrupt the flow of news from this highly volatile region and have global security implications.

    ''The Editors Guild of India strongly condemns the brazen airstrikes on a building in Gaza that housed the editorial offices of Al Jazeera and the Associated Press,'' the EGI said. It also demanded that the Israeli government give ''a detailed justification'' of the decision-making behind this attack ''along with evidentiary proof''. ''The Guild also calls for the Israeli government to facilitate an UN-monitored investigation into this bombing raid,'' it added.

    ''Further, the Guild urges the Indian government to take up this issue with the Israeli government, demanding an independent inquiry and reiterating the need for ensuring the safety of journalists in any conflict situation,'' the statement said.

    The EGI noted that the bombing raid on May 15 demolished the 12-storey building, destroying much of the camera and editing equipment and severely affecting the news reporting and broadcasting capabilities of the two organisations. "Besides the loss of hardware and office space, the bombing destroyed what was described as 'home' by some of the journalists,'' it said. Indian Women's Press Corps, Press Association and Press Club of India also criticised the action of the Israeli military in a joint statement.


  • May 16, 2021 / 05:50 PM IST

     Israel-Palestine Conflict LIVE Updates | Israeli strikes kill 33, topple buildings in Gaza City

    Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City flattened three buildings and killed at least 33 people Sunday, medics said, making it the deadliest single attack since heavy fighting broke out between Israel and the territory’s militant Hamas rulers nearly a week ago.

    A rescuer could be seen shouting into a hole in the rubble. “Can you hear me?” he called out. “Are you OK?” Minutes later, first responders managed to pull a survivor out and carried him off on an orange stretcher. The Gaza Health Ministry said 12 women and eight children were among those killed, with another 50 people wounded in the attack.

    Earlier, the Israeli military said it destroyed the home of Gaza’s top Hamas leader, Yahiyeh Sinwar, in a separate strike in the southern town of Khan Younis. It was the third such attack in the last two days on the homes of senior Hamas leaders, who have gone underground. READ FULL REPORT

  • May 16, 2021 / 05:03 PM IST

     Israel-Palestine Conflict LIVE Updates | Ex-J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti questions arrest of Kashmiris holding anti-Israel protest

    PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday criticised the arrest of people for holding protests against Israel over the Middle-East conflict during a corona curfew in the Union Territory.

    People all over the world are protesting against the atrocities committed by Israel on Palestine. But in Kashmir it's a punishable offence where an artist is booked under PSA and a preacher is arrested simply for expressing solidarity with Palestinians, she alleged on Twitter.

    On Saturday, police arrested 21 persons from Srinagar and Shopian districts for holding pro-Palestine protests during a curfew imposed in the UT due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The police also arrested a South Kashmir-based religious preacher Sarjan Barkati for allegedly delivering an inflammatory speech on Eid day. Barkati had expressed support for the people of Palestine.


  • May 16, 2021 / 04:35 PM IST

     Israel-Palestine Conflict LIVE Updates | Amnesty International condemns killing of '74 children' in Gaza, calls for ICC probe

    "We are deeply concerned over the mounting death toll in Gaza with 174 killed including 74 children. International Criminal Court (ICC)
    must investigate Israel’s attack on al-Shati refugee camp on Saturday that killed 2 women and 8 children. Direct attacks on civilians are war crimes," the rights' adviocacy group Amnesty International said.

    "The Israeli attack on al-Jalaa building destroying homes and Aljazeera and AP offices must also be investigated as a war crime. The strike fits a pattern of Israel’s collective punishment of the Palestinian population," it added.

  • May 16, 2021 / 03:56 PM IST

    Israel-Palestine Conflict LIVE Updates | Islamic nations hold emergency summit

    The 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation has opened an emergency meeting over the heavy fighting between Israel and the Gaza Strip’s militant Hamas rulers.

    Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki of the Palestinian Authority decried what he called Israel's “cowardly attacks” at the start of the meeting.

    “We need to tell Allah that we will resist to the last day,” he said. “We are facing a long-term occupation. That’s the base of the problem. Crimes are committed against the Palestinians without consequences.”

    However, Malki's Palestinian Authority has no control over Hamas and the Gaza Strip, where the militants seized power in 2007. (Input from The Associated Press)