Palestine: Hamas Rockets Target Tel Aviv after a Week of Forceful Territorial Encroachment by Israel Forces

By: Prateek Sachdeva
13 May 2021 1:06:00 PM CSMC, Chitkara University, Punjab

Palestinian insurgents Hamas fired a barrage of rockets at Israel's economic hub Tel Aviv on Tuesday in retaliation for an Israeli strike that destroyed a tower block in Gaza, as the foes traded their heaviest fire for several years, AFP reported. One of the Palestinian missiles killed a 31-year-old woman hailing from Kerala.


Earlier, a confrontation between Israeli armed forces and Hamas, sparked by weeks of tensions, led to the deaths of at least 35 Palestinian civilians including ten children and three Israelis in the blockaded Gaza Strip. The spat also resulted in over 200 civilian injuries.


Hours after Hamas launched on a reported 130 rockets fired from Gaza from central Israel, the prime minister, defence minister, army chief and security services head convened a joint press conference late Tuesday. “This is just the beginning of Israel’s strikes,” the nationalist media quoted defence minister Benny Gantz as saying after the meeting. 


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared an emergency in central city Lod on Wednesday as police accused Arab residents of waging “wide-scale riots". This was the first time the government has used emergency powers over an Arab community since 1966, BBC reported.


UN Secretary-General António Guterres, on Tuesday, expressed his deep concern over the escalation of violence in Gaza, and warned that the violence could escalate into a “full-scale war.” “Israeli authorities must exercise maximum restraint and respect the right to freedom of peaceful assembly,” stated the secretary. “All leaders have a responsibility to act against extremists and to speak out against all acts of violence and incitement.”


Since Monday, at least 53 Palestinians —including 14 children— have been killed, Palestinian officials told the Associated Press, while at least six Israelis were also killed in the current standoff. 

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