The latest Israeli-Palestinian conflict since April 2021 – An updated timeline of the Israeli vs Palestinian conflict since April 2021
The latest Israeli-Palestinian conflict since April 2021
MilitaryEzyInfo.com – With the end of Ramadan in 2021, Palestinian Gazans will not be able to greet Eid al-Fitr with joy. The spark of conflict that broke out during the fasting month eventually ignited a war with Israel.
In fact, tensions have been running high since April 2021. Arab News reported that Israeli forces destroyed the loudspeakers of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The reason was that the sound of the loudspeakers could disturb the recruits praying on the walls of Brak.
This Israeli action was criticized by Jordan as being provocative
Other conflicts arose, such as the shooting death of a 16-year-old boy by an Israeli in early May 2021. Finally, at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, clashes broke out between worshippers and Israeli police.
For now, Hamas and Israel continue to attack each other and the death toll continues to fall. Here is a timeline of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Hamas in May 2021.
1. Seeds of Conflict
Since April 2021, the seeds of the conflict have been sown on the Israeli side. One of them is the turning off of the speakers in the tower of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
According to Arab News, the administrator of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jordan says Israel has no authority to do anything about it.
Other social tensions have also arisen. According to Haaretz, Israeli authorities have closed the popular Damascus Gate during Ramadan.
The Damascus Gate was also closed last year in the wake of COVID-19. Clashes continued, but eventually, negotiations were reached and the Damascus Gate was reopened.
On April 15, a rabbi was slapped by Palestinian youth on a train, and there was some discussion among civil society. A video was posted on TikTok and drew criticism.
On April 22, a Jewish far-right group organized a demonstration in Jerusalem. Clashes began with police, Palestinian Arabs, and opposing groups. Rioting continued the following week, presumably in retaliation for these attacks, which were broadcast on TikTok.
On May 5, a Palestinian teenager, Sayyed Yusuf Mohammed Oud, was shot dead by the IDF during clashes in the West Bank. Hamas military leaders declared that they would retaliate if Israel did not cease its attacks.
2. Storms in the last week of Ramadan
On May 7, Palestinian worshippers and Israeli police clashed at Al-Aqsa Mosque.
According to Deutsche Welle, the Palestinian Red Crescent Society reported that many of the victims were shot in the head and eyes with rubber bullets. Some victims were also injured by stun grenades.
Clashes broke out when protesters threw chairs, shoes, and rocks at the police. The police then returned fire.
According to Arab News, more than 200 Palestinians were injured in the clashes. More than 80 people will be treated in hospitals. Meanwhile, there were 17 casualties on the Israeli police side.
3. Sheikh Jarrah conflict
One of the factors contributing to the clashes is the Sheikh Jarrah conflict. Many Palestinian families have been forced to evacuate the area.
According to Arab News, the Sheikh Jarrah area has been the scene of conflict for many years. Israeli settlers had hoped to live in the area.
Later, riots broke out in Sheikh Jarrah between Palestinians and Israeli police.
On May 9, 2021, an Israeli court finally decided to postpone Sheikh Jarrah’s trial in order to quell the conflict, Haaretz reported.
4. There are rockets flying in the sky
The confrontation between Hamas and Israel finally heated up after the riots at the Al-Aqsa Mosque on May 7, 2021, when both sides fired rockets and returned fire.
Both sides fired rockets and returned fire; on May 12, 2021, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced that Hamas had fired more than 1,000 rockets in the past 38 hours.
Israel relies on the Iron Dome defense system to stop Hamas from firing rockets. Israel’s strategy is not only defensive but offensive as well.
The IDF claims that the missiles are aimed at key Hamas facilities such as banks and armories. One of the buildings that were demolished was the building that housed the offices of the Associated Press (AP) and Al Jazeera. Israel claims that these offices were also used by Hamas.
Although the IDF claims to attack only Hamas targets, the number of civilian casualties, especially on the Palestinian side, continues to rise. So far, the death toll has exceeded 181, including children and women.
5. Reaction of governments around the world
The world’s reaction has been general concern over the situation in Gaza and Jerusalem. However, not all leaders have been critical of Israel.
U.S. President Joe Biden has said that Israel has the right to defend itself. The White House has said that the primary goal of the United States is détente and peace.
White House spokeswoman Jane Psaki said the U.S. wants to work with parties with influence over Hamas, such as Egypt and Tunisia, to defuse the conflict situation.
The U.S. considers Hamas to be a terrorist organization.
Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, Brunei’s Hassanal Bolkiah, and Indonesian President Joko Widodo issued a joint statement. The three leaders “condemned” Israel’s aggression in the strongest terms.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he has the support of several European countries, including Germany and the Netherlands. Prime Minister Netanyahu also thanked Australia for its support.
Gaza Now: 3,000 Israeli rockets hit Gaza, killing 181 Palestinians.
At least 33 Palestinians, including 13 children, were killed in the attack. However, an Israeli military spokesman said it would continue to investigate the report.
According to the Gaza Health Authority, Israeli forces fired rockets at a house in central Gaza late at night.
The attack brought the death toll in Gaza to 181, including 52 children, according to Reuters. This figure is due to the cumulative fighting that has occurred in the Gaza Strip since last Monday.
At least 10 Israelis, including two children, have also been killed in rocket attacks by Hamas and other militant groups.
The Israeli military announced on Sunday (May 16, 2021) that at least 3,000 rockets had been fired from Hamas-controlled Gaza into Israeli neighborhoods during the seven-day conflict.