The Israeli military launched another round of airstrikes on the Gaza Strip early Monday, hours after acting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. attacks on the Palestinian enclave would rage.
Explosions rocked Gaza City from north to south in a heavier, larger area bombardment that lasted longer than the airstrikes that killed at least 42 Palestinians and injured dozens more on Sunday .
A Palestinian was reportedly injured.
Previously, Hamas had fired rockets at the Israeli towns of Ashkelon and Beershaba.
At least 192 people, including 58 children and 34 women, have been killed in the Gaza Strip since the latest violence began a week ago.
Israel has reported 10 dead, including two children.
The United Nations Security Council met on Sunday to discuss the violence, but failed even to agree on a joint statement of concern.
China said it was the United States that prevented the Council from speaking “with one voice.”
Here are the latest updates:
Pro-Israel, pro-Palestinian protesters clash in Montreal
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned what he called “despicable rhetoric and violence” after pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian protesters clashed in protests in Montreal.
“Everyone has the right to assemble peacefully and to express themselves freely in Canada,” he said in a tweet. “But we cannot and will not tolerate anti-Semitism, Islamophobia or hatred of any kind.”
Everyone has the right to peaceful assembly and to express themselves freely in Canada – but we cannot and will not tolerate anti-Semitism, Islamophobia or hatred of any kind. We strongly condemn the despicable rhetoric and violence that we have seen in some of the protests this weekend.
– Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) May 17, 2021
Earlier in Montreal, police in riot gear used tear gas to disperse crowds after fighting broke out between pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian protesters in a central city square.
– sarah (@intifadasarah) May 16, 2021
A Palestinian was reportedly injured
Safwat al-Kahlout, from Al Jazeera, who reports from Gaza City, said a Palestinian was treated for minor injuries at al-Shifa hospital.
There were no other reports of injuries, and the Associated Press news agency said there was little information on the extent of the damage inflicted on the Gaza Strip early Monday.
Israel strikes ’empty bases, training camps’ linked to Palestinian groups
Al Jazeera’s Safwat ak-Kahlout, who reports from Gaza, said the IDF had targeted “empty fields, empty and evacuated military bases and empty training camps linked to Palestinian fighting groups” in and around Gaza City.
Hamas, meanwhile, fired short-range rockets at southern Israel, instead of the longer-range weapons launched a day earlier.
Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system intercepted the rockets, al-Kahlout said.
“It seems that the scale of the Palestinian battle group fire is related to the strength of the Israeli fire,” he added.
Israel’s latest ‘heavier, longer’ airstrikes
The latest Israeli aerial bombardment of the Gaza Strip was “heavier, over a wider area and of longer duration” than the 24-hour raids earlier that killed at least 42 Palestinians.
Fares Akram, PA correspondent in Gaza, said explosions “rocked the city” from north to south for 10 minutes.
Al Jazeera’s Safwat al-Kahlout, who reports from Gaza, said there was barely “an hour of peace” and Israeli drones “were hovering over our heads, controlling the skies.”
Biden says US is working for ‘lasting calm’
US President Joe Biden said his administration was working with Palestinians and Israelis to work towards lasting calm.
“We also believe that Palestinians and Israelis equally deserve to live in safety and security and enjoy the same measure of freedom, prosperity and democracy,” he said in a pre-recorded video released. during a Sunday event marking the Muslim holiday of Eid.
“My administration will continue to urge the Palestinians, Israelis and other regional partners to work for lasting calm.”
For all the developments of Sunday May 16, go to here.