Israeli air raid flattens Gaza building housing Al Jazeera: Live
Protests in occupied West Bank and around the world as the number of people killed by Israeli bombardment on Gaza reaches 145.
Gaza tower housing AP, Al Jazeera is seen during a missile attack in Gaza city, May 15, 2021 [Mohammed Salem/Reuters] Gaza tower housing AP, Al Jazeera is seen during a missile attack in Gaza city, May 15, 2021 [Mohammed Salem/Reuters]
Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza Strip entered its sixth consecutive day, with air raids hitting a refugee camp – killing at least 10 Palestinians, including eight children – and flattening a high-rise building housing the offices of media organisations, including Al Jazeera.
In a televised speech Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel will continue to strike Gaza as long as necessary.
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Meanwhile, Palestinians on Saturday gathered in parts of the occupied West Bank to protest against continued Israeli occupation and the ongoing bombardment of Gaza.
At least 145 Palestinians, including 41 children, have been killed in the Gaza Strip since Monday. Some 950 others have been wounded. In the occupied West Bank, Israeli forces have killed at least 13 Palestinians.
At least nine people in Israel have also been killed, with one new death reported on Saturday in Ramat Gan. The Israeli army said hundreds of rockets have been fired from Gaza towards various locations in Israel and they have added reinforcements near the enclave.
Thousands of Palestinian families are taking shelter in United Nations-run schools in northern Gaza amid the Israeli offensive.
Here are the latest updates:
21 mins ago (21:48 GMT)
Al-Aqsa Mosque is our ‘red line’: Hamas chief
Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh says the group repeatedly warned Israel not to touch Al-Aqsa Mosque.
“We have repeatedly warned the enemy not to touch Al-Aqsa Mosque, which is our qibla, our identity, our belief, and the trigger of our revolutions,” Haniyeh said in a video conference in Qatar’s capital, Doha, in support of Palestinians.
He said that Al-Aqsa Mosque is the group’s “red line” and it told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to play with fire.
“Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque form the basis of the struggle against Zionism,” he said, and thanked Qatar for helping the Palestinian people.
23 mins ago (21:46 GMT)
Israeli police aiding settlers in attacking Palestinians: Rights group
Sawsan Zaher, deputy general director of the Haifa-based rights group Adalah, says she takes issue with the portrayal in some media of recent violence between Palestinian citizens of Israel and Israeli Jews as “inter-communal violence”.
She told Al Jazeera much of the violence has been largely characterised by systematic Israeli racial discrimination against Palestinians, with Israeli police even accompanying settlers while they attacked Palestinians in cities such as Lod.
“We are talking about organised right-wing settler extreme violence, by settlers that are residents outside of mixed cites and outside of Arab towns, that are organising through social media calling each other to arrange where they will attack tonight and tomorrow, at what time, what to wear, what weapons to bring, and Arab properties that should be attacked,” she said.
“They are being accompanied by the police, they arrive in right-wing buses to mixed cities with police, and they are not being arrested by the police.”
34 mins ago (21:35 GMT)
US Senate Foreign Relations Committee: There must be account for civilian deaths
The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee said in a statement that “Israeli authorities must continue taking the conscientious practice of giving advance warning of its attacks to reduce the risk of harm to the innocent”.
While “Israel has every right to self-defense from terrorists committed to wipe her off the face of the map… there must be a full accounting of actions that have led to civilian deaths and destruction of media outlets,” it said.
53 mins ago (21:16 GMT)
‘There is no rhetoric to hide behind anymore’
Laura Albast, an organiser with US-based Palestinian Youth Movement, said thousands of people are marching in Washington, DC in support of Palestinian rights.
Albast told Al Jazeera that demonstrators are calling for an end to the forced displacement of Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem and an end to ongoing Israeli attacks.
She said the march had a message for the Biden administration, too: “We want them to know that all eyes [are] on Palestine right now. There is no rhetoric to hide behind anymore.”
1 hour ago (21:00 GMT)
‘Turkey will forever stand by Palestinians’
The Turkish foreign minister has voiced solidarity with Palestinians.
On Twitter, Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Palestinian people are “still subjected to ethnic, religious and cultural cleansing” since the Nakba in 1948, when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were exiled from their homeland.