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May 15, 2021 / 04:01 PM IST

Israel-Palestine Conflict Highlights: Alarmed by escalating violence, says UAE's Foreign Minister

Israel-Palestine Conflict Highlights: Israel Defense Forces has said it has struck a Hamas military intelligence site, rocket launch sites and two terrorist squads

Israel-Palestine Conflict Highlights: The conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants continues to escalate. In the early hours today, an Israeli airstrike on a house in Gaza City reportedly killed at least seven Palestinians -- the highest number of fatalities in a single hit. According to news reports, militant group Hamas has said that the number is likely to rise as efforts
to recover casualties from under the rubble of the house are still ongoing. Meanwhile, Israeli police said that nine people were injured during violent unrest surrounding the arrest of a senior Islamist leader in northern Israel. The Israeli military also said that it had identified three rockets fired from Syria toward Israeli territory on May 14. More than 130 people have been killed in Gaza since May 10, including 32 children and 21 women, Palestinian medical officials said. Eight people have been killed in Israel, including six civilians, among them two children, Israeli authorities said. 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 15, 2021 / 04:01 PM IST

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  • May 15, 2021 / 03:48 PM IST

    Israel-Palestine Conflict LIVE Updates | “Six of my relatives, three close friends and several colleagues have died in the three bloody wars and countless battles between Israel and Hamas. Each time the violence erupts and I report as a journalist on the people who lost their homes, their children or their lives, the memories creep back. I always think, "That could be me." When the thundering bombs, buzzing drones and pounding artillery refresh the pain and trigger the old fear, I seek refuge in work,” Fares Akram, The Associated Press’ Gaza correspondent writes.

    Read – Diary: In Gaza, bombs drop and the conflict again hits home

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  • May 15, 2021 / 03:30 PM IST

    Israel-Palestine Conflict LIVE Updates | Protesters march in Sydney, Melbourne against Israeli attacks on Gaza

    Several thousand people marched in Sydney and hundreds in Melbourne today, protesting against Israeli attacks on Gaza amid days of conflict between the two sides.

    In Sydney, protesters gathered at Town Hall to march through the streets, chanting slogans such as "Free, free Palestine" and "Free, free Gaza". In Melbourne, protesters gathered at the State Library of Victoria and then marched to Parliament House, many carrying "Free Palestine" posters.  (Input from Reuters)

  • May 15, 2021 / 03:17 PM IST

    Israel-Palestine Conflict LIVE Updates | Interfaith efforts strained by violence

    The escalation of violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is dismaying American Muslims and Jews who have been working to build bridges between their communities and are now struggling to quell fear and anger in their own circles.

  • May 15, 2021 / 02:51 PM IST

    Israel-Palestine Conflict LIVE Updates | The 'Iron Dome' is a ground-to-air, short-range air defence system that neutralises enemy rockets and missiles.

    The concept was born after the 2006 Israel-Lebanon War when Israel faced thousands of rockets fired by Hezbollah. The missile defence system took years to develop and was tested in combat for the first time in April 2011.

    The system has been mainly deployed to intercept short-range missiles and rockets coming in from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.

    Watch this video to know more

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  • May 15, 2021 / 02:28 PM IST

    Israel-Palestine Conflict LIVE Updates | West Bank Palestinians have begun gathering across West Bank to mark the anniversary of the displacement of hundreds of thousands of refugees from what is now Israel during the 1948 war surrounding its creation.

    The main event today was held in West Bank city of Ramallah, where the internationally-backed Palestinian Authority is headquartered.

    Some 700,000 Palestinians fled or were driven from their homes during the 1948 war. Today, they and their descendants number around 5.7 million and mostly reside in the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. (Input from The Associated Press)

  • May 15, 2021 / 01:57 PM IST

    Israel-Palestine Conflict LIVE Updates | Alarmed by escalating spiral of violence in Israel, Palestine: UAE's Foreign Minister

    Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has expressed his country’s concern over escalating tensions between Israel and Palestine, and offered condolences to all victims of the recent fighting.

    "The UAE is alarmed by the escalating spiral of violence in Israel and Palestine. We express our condolences to all victims of the recent fighting, and join others in calling for an immediate cessation of violence and hostilities. The UAE calls on all parties to take immediate steps to commit to a ceasefire, initiate a political dialogue, and exercise maximum restraint," he said.

    "The events of the past week have been a somber reminder of the urgent need for peaceful dialogue and reconciliation. We reflect on the promise that the Abraham Accords hold for current and future generations, to live with their neighbors in peace, dignity and prosperity," he added.

  • May 15, 2021 / 01:31 PM IST

    Israel-Palestine Conflict LIVE Updates | “Six of my relatives, three close friends and several colleagues have died in the three bloody wars and countless battles between Israel and Hamas. Each time the violence erupts and I report as a journalist on the people who lost their homes, their children or their lives, the memories creep back. I always think, "That could be me." When the thundering bombs, buzzing drones and pounding artillery refresh the pain and trigger the old fear, I seek refuge in work,” Fares Akram, The Associated Press’ Gaza correspondent writes.

    Read – Diary: In Gaza, bombs drop and the conflict again hits home

  • May 15, 2021 / 01:19 PM IST

    Israel-Palestine Conflict LIVE Updates | Misinformation has flourished on Twitter, TikTok, Facebook and other social media about the violence between Israelis and Palestinians.

    Read: Lies on social media inflame Israeli-Palestinian conflict

  • May 15, 2021 / 12:43 PM IST

    Israel-Palestine Conflict LIVE Updates | What triggered this round of conflict between the historic arch-rivals? What are the religious and political connotations? What happens next? These and some other questions have been answered in Moneycontrol’s weekly in-depth article.

    Read the full explainer here: Religion, power struggles and terror outfits' opportunism: Understanding the Israel-Palestine conflict

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  • May 15, 2021 / 12:11 PM IST

    Israel-Palestine Conflict LIVE Updates | The 'Iron Dome' is a ground-to-air, short-range air defence system that neutralises enemy rockets and missiles.

    The concept was born after the 2006 Israel-Lebanon War when Israel faced thousands of rockets fired by Hezbollah. The missile defence system took years to develop and was tested in combat for the first time in April 2011.

    The system has been mainly deployed to intercept short-range missiles and rockets coming in from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.

    Watch this video to know more

  • May 15, 2021 / 11:55 AM IST

    Israel-Palestine Conflict LIVE Updates | Israel Defense Forces on Twitter: “In response to the 2,000+ rockets fired from Gaza toward Israel, tonight we struck: a military intelligence site, rocket launch sites, surface-to-surface rocket launch sites and two terrorist squads. Hamas is paying the price for its terror.”

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