Palestinian death toll from Israeli strikes in Gaza Strip 170 – As a result of Israel’s continued assault on Gaza, 170 people have been killed and more than 1,000 injured. Among them, at least 41 children and 26 Palestinians were killed in an Israeli airstrike on Sunday.
Palestinian death toll from Israeli strikes in Gaza Strip 170
At least 26 Palestinians were killed and dozens wounded in Israeli airstrikes early Sunday morning, Al Jazeera reported on Sunday (May 16, 2021).
At least two residential buildings were also destroyed
According to the Hamas faction, the Israeli airstrike also hit the home of Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar.
Over the past week, Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip have reportedly killed more than 170 Palestinians, including at least 41 children.
The number of wounded is estimated to be over 1,000. Meanwhile, in the West Bank, at least 13 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli airstrikes.
Apart from this, Israel reported that 10 of its own citizens, including two children, were killed by Hamas rocket attacks.
The Victims Were Children
In Sunday’s attack, about half of the 150 rockets fired by Israel were aimed at the al-Weda neighborhood of Gaza City.
The attack destroyed settlements, infrastructure, and roads.
The Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed the deaths of 26 people, including Dr. Ayman Abu Ufa, head of internal medicine at Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, who was killed when his home was attacked by Israeli forces.
After the shelling stopped, rescuers, rushed in and did what they could to rescue the victims from under the rubble.
Civil Affairs Commissioner Medhat Hamdan said they pulled the bodies of three children from under the rubble.
UN Security Council discusses the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
The United Nations (UN) Security Council is scheduled to meet on Sunday (16/5/2021) to discuss the escalating Palestinian-Israeli conflict, The Independent reported on Saturday (15/5/2021).
The meeting will be broadcast live and open to the public. According to reports, Israeli and Palestinian representatives are also expected to attend the meeting.
UN Security Council Meeting Postponed
The UN Security Council meeting to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was originally scheduled to be held on Friday (May 14, 2021).
However, the United States, one of the permanent members of the UN Security Council, has requested that the meeting be postponed until at least Tuesday (May 18, 2021).
U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said Thursday (May 13, 2021) that his party expects U.S.-led diplomacy to calm the conflict within a few days.
Blinken said the U.S. is sending a special envoy to the region to help control the situation.
However, the UN Security Council finally agreed to meet on Sunday (May 15, 2021) to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.