Israel fired shells at Lebanon in response to the rocket launches, as US President Joe Biden continued to pressure Israel and Hamas, which rules the Palestinian territory of Gaza, to agree to a ceasefire. fire after a week of violence that killed more than 200 people.
A Lebanese security source said Israel fired 22 shells at Lebanon. Israeli security forces said six rockets were fired from southern Lebanon.
At least 212 people, including 61 children, have been killed in Gaza since violence erupted just over a week ago. Some 1,500 Palestinians were injured.
Israel has reported 10 dead, including two children.
Biden had his third phone conversation with Acting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he continued his efforts to secure a ceasefire.
The White House said Biden “encouraged Israel to do everything possible to ensure the protection of innocent civilians” and that the two leaders “discussed the progress of Israel’s military operations against Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza. “.
At least 212 people, including 61 children, have been killed in Gaza since the latest violence began a week ago. Some 1,500 Palestinians were also injured.
Here are the latest updates:
Amnesty condemns US approval for arms sale to Israel
Human rights group Amnesty has condemned US plans to sell $ 735 million worth of weapons to Israel amid the latest conflict with Palestinian armed groups, saying the approval undermines the US commitment to defend human rights around the world.
“By providing weapons that could be used to commit war crimes, the US government is running the risk of fueling further attacks against civilians and seeing more people killed or injured by US weapons,” Philippe Nassif, director of Amnesty International USA’s advocacy for the Middle East and North Africa, said in a statement urging Biden to reconsider his decision.
Israel bombs southern Lebanon after rocket launches fail
Six rounds were fired from Lebanon into northern Israel on Monday but did not cross the border, the IDF said.
He said that in response artillery was fired at “the sources of the launches” in Lebanon.
The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon said it had detected rocket fire around Rashaya Al Foukhar and urged all parties to “exercise the utmost restraint”.
On Monday, May 17 at around 11:30 p.m., UNIFIL detected rocket fire from the general area of Rashaya Al Foukhar north of Kfar Chouba in s. Lebanon. Immediately afterwards, we were also informed by the parties.
The IDF returned artillery fire directed at where the rockets were coming from.
– UNIFIL (@UNIFIL_) May 17, 2021
Images from Gaza suggest Israel is committing ‘war crimes’, law professor says
Ardi Imseis, professor of law at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada, said Israel is responding with disproportionate force in the Gaza Strip and is likely committing war crimes as a result.
“We have reasonable grounds to believe that war crimes are being committed, violations of international humanitarian law, mainly for lack of respect for the principles of distinction, proportionality and precaution,” Imseis told Al Jazeera.
The violations appear to come “mainly from the Israeli side, but not exclusively,” Imseis said.
US ‘delay’ in ceasefire support ’caused massacre of children’: Ilhan Omar
US Congressman Ilhan Omar said US President Joe Biden’s delay in expressing support for a ceasefire “has caused the slaughter of children and the destruction of lives.”
The tweet came after Biden told Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu during a phone call that he supported a ceasefire.
To finish!! Our delay in supporting a ceasefire has resulted in the slaughter of children and the destruction of lives.
Now Biden must push to end the occupation. https://t.co/pfgDoIfpK0
– Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) May 17, 2021
At least 61 children have died since Israel began shelling on May 10, following rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip and Israeli attacks on Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem. Two children in Israel also died.
Biden says he supports ceasefire, reiterates support for Israel
US President Joe Biden “expressed his support for a ceasefire” during a conversation with acting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday afternoon, according to a reading of the conversation at the White House.
Biden also “praised the efforts to combat inter-communal violence and restore calm to Jerusalem” and “encouraged Israel to do everything possible to ensure the protection of innocent civilians.”
Israel has been criticized for the number of civilian deaths in its airstrikes.
Yet Biden “reiterated his strong support for Israel’s right to defend itself against indiscriminate rocket attacks,” according to the newspaper.
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