The number of people killed by Israeli bombing in besieged enclaves rises to 139, with 13 also killed by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank.
Israel’s bombing of Gaza continued for a fifth straight day. Israeli air strikes hit a refugee camp in which at least 10 Palestinians, including eight children, were killed.
In the early hours of Saturday morning, rescue workers were still trying to pull bodies out from under the rubble, as more people are believed to be dead. Hamas, the group that controls the besieged enclave, responded to the recent attack with rocket fire on the southern Israeli cities of Askhelon and Ashdod. No casualties were reported.
At least 139 Palestinians, including around 40 children, have been killed in the Gaza Strip since Monday. About 950 others were wounded. In the occupied West Bank, Israeli forces killed at least 13 Palestinians protesting against the continued Israeli occupation and bombing of the Gaza Strip. Confrontations between the Israeli police and Palestinian demonstrators continued into the night in occupied East Jerusalem.
At least eight people in Israel were also killed. The Israeli army said hundreds of rockets had been fired from the Gaza Strip at various locations in Israel and they had added reinforcements near the eastern areas of the enclave.
As the violence escalates, the humanitarian crisis continues to worsen. Thousands of Palestinian families seek refuge in United Nations-run schools in northern Gaza to escape Israeli artillery fire. The UN has estimated that around 10,000 Palestinians left their homes in Gaza during the Israeli offensive.
The Palestinians were hired on Saturday to mark the 73-year anniversary of the ethnic cleansing of their homeland by Zionist militias to create the state of Israel. The event is called Nakba, or “catastrophe” in Palestinian history.
Here are the latest updates:
29 minutes ago (07:09 GMT)
“This is really a massacre”
Nabil Abu al-Reesh, a doctor based in the Gaza Strip, reported on the Israeli air strike targeting a three-story house on the outskirts of the al-Shati refugee camp.
“We’re still trying to get more bodies and understand who is who,” said al-Reesh.
“This is really a massacre that we cannot describe in words,” he said.
“I don’t know how he managed to stay alive,” he added, pointing to a child who is the only survivor of a family killed in the Israeli air strike.
“Maybe he survived to see what happened to the rest of his family,” he said.
2 hours ago (05:51 GMT)
Injuries reported in protest by Palestinians in the West Bank
Injuries were reported in the West Bank following confrontations between Palestinian protesters and the occupied Israeli security forces.
A social media post by the Shehab news agency showed Palestinian protesters carrying their injured fellow marchers near the Hawara checkpoint in Nablus on Saturday morning.
Early Saturday, thousands of believers returning from morning prayers in Nablus took part in a major march in the city denouncing the Israeli occupation and the recent deadly bombings in Gaza.
# Pictures of victims in clashes with the occupation forces at the Hawara checkpoint south of Nablus after a march in support of the headquarters, Umm and Gaza pic.twitter.com/mQpVrPiFj0
– Shehab News Agency (@hehabAgency) May 15, 2021
1 hour ago (06:18 GMT)
Shelling reported in Gaza’s Khan Yunis
Israeli artillery fire has reportedly struck some agricultural land in the eastern part of Khan Yunis Governorate in the Gaza Strip.
Safa Press also reported Saturday that shelling had been fired again on the Gaza coast.
There were no immediate reports of loss or property damage.
3 hours ago (04:35 GMT)
Child’s body recovered from the ruins of Gaza after an Israeli bombardment
Members of a medical team in Gaza recovered the body of another child from the rubble after the bombing of residential properties in the al-Shati refugee camp.
Several people are still missing and are believed to be buried under the rubble of the bombing.
4 hours ago (03:43 GMT)
Thousands gather in Nablus to denounce the Israeli occupation
Thousands of Palestinians marched to denounce the continued Israeli occupation and bombing of the Gaza Strip.
Protesters headed home after morning prayers as they joined the march in the city of Nablus. This is evident from a video posted on social media by the Safa Press agency.
Follow up description A mass rally in Nablus after the great morning prayer in support of Gaza and in support of the resistance pic.twitter.com/BaHCZr6G8H
– Safa Agency (@SafaPs) May 15, 2021
4 hours ago (03:33 GMT)
The Israeli air strike arrives in Shujayea
The Safa Press agency reported that an Israeli air strike hit and destroyed a house in the Shujayea district of Gaza City.
There were no immediate reports of victims.
Shujayea was the site of heavy Israeli bombing in 2014, in which several civilians were killed. The incident has been described as a “massacre”.