Israeli defense forces flattened a high-rise building in the Gaza Strip on Saturday housing offices of media outlets including Al Jazeera and Associated Press that it claimed held Hamas “military intelligence assets,” as fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza entered sixth day.
An Israeli airstrike overnight also killed at least 10 Palestinians, including eight children, at the Shati refugee camp in Gaza.
In retaliation for the refugee camp bombing, Hamas fired rockets into the central Israeli city of Ramat Gan, killing at least one person.
Israeli troops continued to clash Saturday with Palestinian protesters in the West Bank.
Rallies around the world marked Nakba Day,’ which commemorates the displacement of some 750,000 Palestinians from their homes in 1948 during the war that followed the formation of the state of Israel.
Joe Biden’s envoy, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Israel and Palestinian Affairs Hady Amr, who arrived in Israel on Friday, was scheduled to meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders to try to cool tensions and bring about ceasefire.
The Palestinian Wafa news agency reported that the Gaza Electricity Distribution Company warned that its power lines are at risk of collapse due to Israeli shelling. The Jerusalem Post reported that militants fired at least 200 rockets from the Gaza Strip between 7 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday, into Israel, hitting the towns of Taibe and near the West Bank cities of Ramallah and Tulkarem, as well as Ramat Gun. IDF noted that another 100 rockets were intercepted by its Iron Dome missile defense system. Another rocket attack damaged the electricity power grid in the town of Beersheba on Friday, leaving tens of thousands of people across the city without electricity. Separately, the United Nations said that thousands of Palestinians have taken shelter in U.N.-run schools in northern Gaza for protection from Israeli bombardments. UN estimates some 10,000 Palestinians have fled their homes in Gaza. As of Saturday, the violence has claimed the lives of at least 140 Palestinians and ten Israelis, while wounding 950 others.
Eman Basher, a Gaza resident whose tweets have been read out by U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib on the floor of the House of Representatives, told Al Jazeera: “People in Gaza are living terrifying nights every single day. We wake up to reply to messages are you alive? We’re scared. Every single night we say that we are next.”
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