Amid the accelerating unrest between Israel and Palestine, the death toll in Gaza has reached 65 while Israel has reported over 7 deaths till 12 May as the Hamas group launched a new barrage of airstrikes. The Israeli Defence Force (IDF) on 12 May said that Palestinians had fired 1,000 rockets from Gaza since 10 May evening, but by early 13 May, the number had increased to about 1,500.
“So far, some 1,500 rockets have been fired at the Israeli territory from the Gaza Strip, about 300 of them were unsuccessful and the rockets fell in the Gaza Strip. The Iron Dome system has intercepted hundreds of rockets,” the IDF said in a statement on 12 May.
The Israeli police said they had arrested over 374 people last night for rioting and 36 cops were hurt during the process.
Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden on 12 May spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the Israel-Palestine conflict and said he hoped that the hostilities would come to an end.
“My expectation and hope is that this will be closing down sooner than later. But Israel has a right to defend itself when you have thousands of rockets flying into your territory. But I had a conversation for a while with the — with the Prime Minister of Israel. And I think that — my hope is that we will see this coming to a conclusion sooner than later,” Biden told reporters at the White House.
The day before, the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East, Tor Wennesland, tweeted, calling upon both sides to de-escalate.
“Stop the fire immediately. We are escalating towards a full scale war. Leaders on all sides have to take the responsibility of de-escalation. The cost of war in Gaza is devastating and is being paid by ordinary people. The UN is working with all sides to restore calm. Stop the violence now,” Tor Wennesland tweeted.
The ongoing violence between Israel and Palestine marks a dramatic escalation of tension over the potential eviction of Palestinians from East Jerusalem by Israeli settlers and access to one of the most sacred sites in the city, which is a key hub for Islam, Judaism and Christianity.
Tensions between Israel and Palestine are rapidly rising, with Palestinians ramping up rocket attacks. The United Nations has warned that the conflict is moving towards a “full-scale war”.
Meanwhile, in Lod, Israeli forces are fighting Arab Muslims whom the Jewish state had once allowed to settle in the country. This made Prime Minister Netanyahu declare a state of emergency in the city yesterday.