GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – Rockets fired from Gaza on Tuesday killed two Thai workers in a packaging plant in southern Israel, police said hours after Israel’s airstrikes toppled a six-story building in Palestinian territory .
As the conflict between Israel and Hamas terrorists appears to be showing no signs of attempting a halt, Palestinians across Israel and in the West Bank are striking against Israel’s policies.
Roads leading from Palestinian villages were blocked in the morning to prevent those who wanted to go to work from leaving.
Since the fighting began last week, the Israeli military has launched hundreds of airstrikes targeting Hamas’ terrorist infrastructure, while Palestinian terrorists have fired more than 3,400 rockets from civilian areas in Gaza at civilian targets in Israel.
Gaza’s latest attack on Tuesday on a packaging plant in an area bordering the area. In addition to the two people who died in their thirties, the Israeli Magen David Adom rescue service said it was transporting seven more wounded people to the hospital.
Israel continued its airstrikes in Gaza, leaving a massive mound of reinforcement and concrete slabs behind in its attack on the six-story building. Israel had warned the occupants of the building ahead of time, and there were no reports of casualties.
Heavy fighting broke out on May 10 when Hamas fired long-range rockets at Jerusalem following Palestinian protests against Israel’s policing of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, a site sacred to both Jews and Muslims, and the threatened eviction. of dozens of Palestinian families refusing to pay rent in a long-running legal dispute.
At least 213 Palestinians have since been killed in airstrikes, with more than 1,440 people wounded, according to the Gaza Ministry of Health, which does not divide the numbers into fighters and civilians. Twelve people in Israel, including a five-year-old boy and a soldier, were killed in the ongoing rocket attacks.
The fighting is fiercest since a 2014 war between Israel and Hamas, but efforts to stop it have stalled so far.
As the fighting continues, medical supplies, fuel and water in Gaza are dwindling.
Palestinians in Israel, East Jerusalem and the West Bank observed a general strike on Tuesday. Palestinian citizens of Israel make up 20 percent of its population.
The strike was intended to protest the war in Gaza and to call for the protection of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.
Leaders of the Palestinian community in Israel called for the strike, which was supported by the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, where ministries and schools were closed. It appears that most businesses are observing the strike, although Palestinians who wanted to go to work were prevented from leaving Palestinian villages in the morning to enforce compliance with the strike.
The war also saw an unusual outbreak of violence in Israel, with groups of Jewish and Palestinian civilians fighting in the streets and setting fire to vehicles and buildings. In both Israel and the West Bank, Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli forces.
The Israeli army said on Tuesday it had fired at 65 terrorist targets, including rockets, a group of fighters and the homes of Hamas commanders used by the army for military purposes. More than 60 fighter jets are said to have taken part in the operation.
The army said it had also shot down a drone approaching the Israeli border in the northeast, far from the fighting in Gaza. It did not say where the unmanned aircraft originated, but it is possible that the drone came from Syria.
The army said Palestinian terrorists fired 90 rockets, 20 of which fell short in Gaza. Israel says its missile defense intercepted about 90 percent of the rockets.
Israel’s airstrikes have destroyed several buildings and caused widespread damage in the narrow coastal area, home to more than 2 million Palestinians and which has been under Israeli-Egyptian blockade since Hamas seized control of rival Palestinian forces in 2007.
Hamas and Islamic Jihad say at least 20 of their fighters were killed in the fighting, while Israel says the number is at least 160 and has released the names and photos of more than two dozen terrorist commanders who they say have been “eliminated”.
The Israeli attacks damaged at least 18 hospitals and clinics and destroyed one health institution, the World Health Organization said in a new report. Almost half of all essential medicines in the area are up.
The bombing of key roads, including those leading to the main Shifa hospital, is said to have hampered the movement of ambulances and vehicles. More than 41,000 displaced Palestinians have sought refuge in UN schools in Gaza, which have already struggled to cope with an outbreak of the coronavirus. Gaza also has little fuel for its electricity supply and water.
Israel has promised to continue its operations, and the United States has indicated that it will not push the two parties for a ceasefire, even if President Joe Biden says he supports one.
“We will continue to work for as long as necessary to restore calm and security to all Israeli citizens,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said after meeting with senior security officials on Monday.
Among the buildings that leveled Israeli airstrikes were the office that houses The Associated Press Gaza office and that of other media.
Netanyahu claims that Hamas’ military intelligence is operating inside the building. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Tuesday that Israel had given the United States information about the bombing.
Blinken, who spoke from Iceland, did not want to receive the material that characterizes.
By Fares Akram and Joseph Krauss