Palestinians Killed, Over 100 Hurt in West Bank Unrest

An Israeli firefighter stands near a burning Israeli police car during clashes between Israeli police and members of the country's Arab minority in the Arab Jewish town of Lod 12 May 2021

An Israeli firefighter stands near a burning Israeli police car during clashes between Israeli police and members of the country's Arab minority in the Arab Jewish town of Lod 12 May 2021

Morocco's King Mohammed VI ordered 40 tonnes of aid for Palestinians to be shipped to the West Bank and Gaza following recent violence. Palestinian officials reported 11 Palestinians were killed in the violence.

As Israel and Hamas plunged closer to all-out war, despite worldwide efforts at a cease-fire, communal violence in Israel has erupted for a fourth night, with Jewish and Arab mobs clashing in the flashpoint town of Lod.

Israel has come under heavy worldwide criticism for civilian casualties during three previous wars in Gaza, which is home to more than two million Palestinians.

An explosion lights the sky following an Israeli airstrike on Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, May 14, 2021.

Israeli planes have renewed air strikes in Gaza as the death toll continues to rise in the besieged enclave and regional powers scramble to secure calm. Israel said it was clearing a network of militant tunnels ahead of a possible ground invasion. Some 9,000 Israeli reservists have been called up to join other troops along the border.

Witnesses told Anadolu Agency that Israeli forces used live bullets, rubber-coated bullets, tear gas canisters and stun grenades against protesters.

It was further fuelled by Israel's annual celebration of its capture of East Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war, known as Jerusalem Day.

Israeli troops mass at Gaza border amid rocket fire
The Israeli military says more than 1,600 rockets have been fired since Monday, with 400 falling short and landing inside Gaza. Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since the Islamic militant group seized power in Gaza from the Palestinian Authority.

The fighting cast a pall over the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, normally marked by family gatherings and festive meals. A total of seven Palestinians were killed and dozens injured in clashes between Palestinian demonstrators and Israeli soldiers in the West Bank on Friday, the Palestinian health ministry said. Eight Israelis have been killed in the rocket attacks, including a 6-year-old boy.

Violence on Fridays in the West Bank is a traditional facet of the long running Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but the fresh unrest comes as Israel is engaged in major hostilities with Palestinian armed groups in Gaza.

Palestinian militants have fired some 1,800 rockets and the Israeli military has launched more than 600 air strikes, toppling at least three apartment blocks. There were no reports of damage, and there was no immediate comment from Damascus.

The United States, which had blocked an originally scheduled session on Friday, agreed to move the session-requested by Tunisia, Norway and China-to Sunday. That's what the Americans, Egyptians, the United Nations and others are trying to do now.

"The military wing of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas has targeted Israel's nuclear facility, key oil facilities and other sites across the country amid a violent escalation between the two sides".

"The Security Council should not morally equate Israel's defensive military activities with Hamas' indiscriminate war crimes".

The U.S. envoy for the region, Hady Amr, deputy assistant secretary for Israel and Palestinian Affairs, arrived in Israel on Friday as part of the Biden administration's mediation efforts. The protests are a gesture of solidarity towards the Palestinian people. Muslims were congregating for prayer during the holy month of Ramadan.

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