Live Israel News: Latest Updates as US Envoy arrives for de-escalation talks

A building containing the offices of the civil media organizations AP and Al Jazeera is brought to the ground by Israeli missiles

An Al Jazeera director said an Israeli air strike, which destroyed their offices, among other things, was “an apparent violation of human rights and is internationally viewed as a war crime.”

The Israeli military had told the owner of the al-Jalaa building, which also housed Associated Press offices and apartments, of an imminent attack on Saturday.

An air strike destroyed the high-rise block in the Gaza Strip about an hour after people were told to evacuate.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have alleged that they destroyed a multi-story building that housed international media because it contained “military assets belonging to Hamas’ military intelligence.”

“The building contained civilian media offices behind which the Hamas terrorist organization is hiding and which serve as human shields,” said an IDF statement.

Meanwhile, the death toll in Israel rose after an Israeli air strike in Gaza killed at least 10 Palestinians in the deadliest single strike since violence in the region broke out earlier this week.

The strike in a three-story house in a refugee camp in the city is said to have killed eight children and two women from an extended family.


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Conrad DuncanMay 15, 2021 7:41 AM


US envoy comes to Israel for de-escalation talks

A US envoy has come to Tel Aviv for de-escalation talks following the ongoing unrest between Israel and Palestinian groups in recent days.

Hady Amr, the U.S. Assistant Assistant Secretary of State for Israeli-Palestinian Affairs, will attend talks with Israeli, Palestinian and UN officials in hopes of reaching a ceasefire agreement after days of deadly airstrikes.

The US embassy in Israel said the trip was aimed at “reaffirming the need to work towards sustainable calm.”

This came after US President Joe Biden appealed to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday, arguing that the country’s response to Hamas rocket attacks had “not seen any significant overreaction”.

In the meantime, the UN Security Council is preparing to meet on Sunday in hopes of ending the recent violence in the region.


Conrad DuncanMay 15, 2021 7:53 AM


“It feels like a civil war”: Israel’s mixed cities become the new front

Against the backdrop of a potentially protracted war in Gaza, violence between Jewish-Israeli and Arab-Palestinian communities has flared up in Israel’s cities.

The clashes are a “war within a war” that threatens to further break up the country, even if attempts to reach a ceasefire between government agencies are successful.

Our Middle East Correspondent, Bel Trew, has the full story below:

Conrad DuncanMay 15, 2021 8:01 am


Palestinian official condemns the Biden government’s “silence” on Israel

The Biden government’s “silence” on Israel encourages war crimes in Gaza, Jerusalem and the West Bank, a Palestinian government official warned.

Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, on Saturday called on US officials to take active action to stop Israel’s bombing of Gaza this week.

“The US government’s silence on what Israel is doing, calling it self-defense, has led to massacres in Gaza, the West Bank and Jerusalem,” said Abu Rudeineh.

“Israel, waging a war against the Palestinian people, their land and their holy places, puts the region in a position where no one can bear the consequences by harming the interests of the region and the world.”

He added that the Palestinian people “would never give up or leave their land, Jerusalem and the holy places”.

Conrad DuncanMay 15, 2021 8:16 am


Seven Palestinians are killed in an Israeli air strike in Gaza

An Israeli air strike in Gaza City killed at least seven Palestinians in the deadliest single blow since violence broke out in the region earlier this week.

Hamas militant group reported that the number is likely to rise as efforts to rescue the victims from under the rubble of a house on the outskirts of the Shati refugee camp continued.

Alghoul, who lives nearby, said Israeli warplanes dropped at least three bombs on the three-story house without warning residents.

“I saw the bodies of four people, including children, being taken to the hospital,” he said.

“I couldn’t stand it and ran back to my house.”

The BBC’s editor for the Middle East, Jeremy Bowen, has provided the names below of the people killed in the strike:

Update: As of 10 a.m. on Saturday, the death toll from the air strike has risen to at least 10 Palestinians.

Conrad DuncanMay 15, 2021 8:29 AM


Riots spread in the West Bank as hundreds of Palestinians protest

Hundreds of young Palestinian protesters in multiple cities clashed on Friday with Israeli forces who shot at least 11 people as riots in Israel and Gaza spilled into the West Bank.

In the occupied West Bank on the outskirts of Ramallah, Nablus and other cities, hundreds of Palestinians protested against the campaign against Gaza and Israeli actions in Jerusalem.

The protesters carried tires that they set up in burning barricades and hurled stones at Israeli soldiers while they waved Palestinian flags.

At least 10 demonstrators were reportedly shot dead by soldiers and an 11th Palestinian was killed trying to stab a soldier in a military position.

A Palestinian protester launches torches in Hebron city center in the occupied West Bank

(AFP via Getty Images)

Conrad DuncanMay 15, 2021 8:45 am


ICYMI: Pro-Palestinian protesters in Lebanon and Jordan storm Israeli border fences

Pro-Palestinian protesters from Lebanon stormed border fences and briefly marched into Israel on Friday, while hundreds tried to do so in Jordan along the country’s eastern border.

The incident further escalated the crisis that hit the region this week and sparked concern among political leaders and international organizations.

Our Middle East Correspondent, Bel Trew, has the full story below:

Conrad DuncanMay 15, 2021 9:10 am


Protesters march in Australia to protest Israeli attacks on Gaza

Several thousand people have marched in Australia to protest Israeli attacks on Gaza after days of conflict in the region.

In Sydney, demonstrators gathered at City Hall to march through the streets chanting slogans such as “Free, Free Palestine” and “Free, Free Gaza”.

“I see a riot,” said Walla Abu-Eid, a protester in Sydney. “I see people who will no longer be silent. People who are fed up, people who respond to oppression and violence by standing up for themselves. “

In Melbourne, protesters gathered at the State Library of Victoria and then marched to Parliament House. Many carried posters with the title “Free Palestine”.

According to Palestinian medics, at least 132 people have been killed in Gaza since Monday, including 32 children and 21 women.

According to the Israeli authorities, eight people were killed in Israel, including six civilians, including two children.

(AFP via Getty Images)

Conrad DuncanMay 15, 2021 9:32 AM


The death toll from Israeli air strikes rises to 10

The death toll in an Israeli air strike in Gaza City early Saturday rose to at least 10 Palestinians in the deadliest single strike this week.

Eight children and two women from an extended family were said to have been killed in an air strike on a three-story house in a refugee camp in the city.

Conrad DuncanMay 15, 2021 9:49 AM


The UAE Ambassador expressed concern about the “escalating spiral of violence” in the region

The United Arab Emirates Ambassador to Israel has expressed concern about the “escalating spiral of violence” in Israel and Palestine and urged all sides to commit to a ceasefire.

“The UAE are alarmed by the escalating spiral of violence in Israel and Palestine,” said HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed.

“We extend our condolences to all victims of the recent fighting and, together with others, call for the immediate cessation of violence and hostilities.

“The UAE urges all parties to take immediate steps to commit to a ceasefire, initiate political dialogue and exercise maximum restraint.”

He added: “The events of the past week have been a grim reminder of the urgent need for peaceful dialogue and reconciliation.

“We reflect on the promise the Abraham Accords hold for present and future generations to live with their neighbors in peace, dignity and prosperity.”

Conrad DuncanMay 15, 2021 10:02 am

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