Israeli forces launched a wave of air strikes in the Gaza Strip early Monday morning as the country’s ongoing conflict with Hamas, which controls the territory, continues.
Photos and videos from the attack show the dark cityscape illuminated by explosions. The Associated Press reported that the blasts lasted about 10 minutes and that the attack was more severe, longer and more widespread than previous attacks.
Israeli troops have confirmed the attack on Twitter, writing that “terrorist targets” were inflicted on fighter jets. Various social media reports have claimed that roads and other important parts of the infrastructure have also been targeted.
No injuries were reported immediately.
Our fighters are currently attacking terrorist targets in Gaza.
̵1; Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) May 16, 2021
All roads leading to Al Shifa Hospital, Gaza’s main medical facility, are targeted, and no ambulance can enter or leave #GazaUnderAttack Hospital
– Fara Baker (@Farah_Gazan) May 16, 2021
The Prime Minister of the country, Benjamin NetanyahuBenjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu MORE, said earlier Sunday on CBS’s “Straighten the Nation” that Israeli troops are choosing targets designed to “impair” the capabilities of Hamas fighters.
“I think every country should defend itself and have a natural right to self-defense. We will do everything necessary to restore order and silence, as well as the security of our people to deter. “We are trying to degrade Hamas’ terrorist capabilities and humiliate their will to do so again,” he said.
The latest series of airstrikes comes a day after 42 Palestinians were killed on the deadliest day of hostilities to date.
Hamas fired its own rockets at Israeli civilian areas, including one that struck a synagogue in the city of Ashkelon. No injuries were reported.
Democrats in Congress have called on the Biden administration to organize or call for a ceasefire, while the United States has blocked efforts by China, Tunisia and Norway to issue a joint UN Security Council statement calling for a ceasefire in recent days.
Some progressive party members have gone further and accused the United States of being complicit in the deaths of Palestinian civilians.
This is happening with the support of the United States.
I don’t care how a speaker tries to turn that around. The United States has vetoed a UN call for a ceasefire.
If Biden’s administrator can’t oppose an ally, who can?
How can they credibly claim to stand up for human rights? https://t.co/bXY99O3Wqp
– Alexandria Ocasio-CortesAlexandria Ocasio-Cortes Warren calls on US to support ceasefire between Israel and Hamas Memorandum: Lawmakers on the brink of Green’s quarrel with Ocasio-Cortes Sanders: Netanyahu cultivates ‘racist nationalism’ (@AOC) May 15, 2021
Later Sunday, 28 Senate Democrats issued a statement calling on the Israeli military and Hamas to reach an agreement on a ceasefire.