May 18, 2021 – 10:34
The fierce confrontation between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas militants continues without any signal of softening. The Israeli army again bombed the Gaza Strip in the early hours of Tuesday, knocking down two other buildings. A 15km segment of a Hamas tunnel was also destroyed, while roads, homes and power lines were damaged on Monday.
The Israeli military says dozens of rockets were fired from Gaza territory Monday night. At least 212 people, including 61 children have lost their lives in Gaza, while Israel counts 10 victims including 2 children. Tel Aviv claims that most of the victims in Gaza are militants and that civilian casualties are unintentional.
“Some of the victims were still alive when they arrived at the hospital, as they had been trapped in the rubble for 10 hours. “We would have saved more lives if we had more resources for search and rescue,” said Muhammad Abu Salmiya, a Gaza doctor.
US President Joe Biden voiced support for a ceasefire after eight days of bloody fighting. Biden is said to have told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the United States is working with Egypt and other countries to end the fighting, even though the United States blocked a Security Council resolution calling for an end to the violence.
“Our goal, in every action we take or every statement we make, is to reduce violence and end the conflict. “But there are moments in diplomacy when talks take place behind the scenes,” said Jen Psaki, a White House spokeswoman.
World leaders and humanitarian organizations have called for measures to prevent the death of civilians and the destruction of homes. The United Nations has also expressed concern about infrastructure damage in impoverished Gaza, home to 2 million people. 40 schools and 4 hospitals have been completely or partially destroyed./a2cnn