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Death toll in Gaza rises to 181 as Israeli strikes kill 33 more Palestinians, including 13 children

May 16, 2021
The death toll in Gaza rose to 181 after Israeli airstrikes killed 33 Palestinians, including 13 children, early on Sunday as the deadly clashes entered into the seventh day. — Courtesy file photo
The death toll in Gaza rose to 181 after Israeli airstrikes killed 33 Palestinians, including 13 children, early on Sunday as the deadly clashes entered into the seventh day. — Courtesy file photo

GAZA CITY — The death toll in Gaza rose to 181 after Israeli airstrikes killed 33 Palestinians, including 13 children, and injured 50 others, most of whom were women and children early Sunday, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

Palestinian medical and civil defense teams said they rescued five children from the rubble on Sunday morning.

Scenes of the rescue operation show a young girl with a bloodied head injury lifted from the wreckage by a team of paramedics. Her expression alternates between shock and horror.

So far, 52 children have been killed in Gaza since the fighting erupted last Monday, according to health officials.

Meanwhile, the Israeli military said it struck the home of Yehya Al-Sinwar in the southern Gaza City of Khan Younis. Sinwar, who was released from an Israeli prison in 2011, heads the political and military wings of Hamas in Gaza.

The airstrikes in the center of Gaza City on Sunday came a day after Israel destroyed a 12-story building in the city that housed the US Associated Press and other media organizations.

The Israel military said the Al-Jala building was a legitimate military target, containing Hamas military offices, and that it had given advance warnings to civilians to get out of the building.

The AP condemned the attack and asked Israel to put forward evidence. "We have had no indication Hamas was in the building or active in the building," it said in a statement.

The recent conflict began at the start of last week, fueled by controversy over planned evictions of Palestinian families in East Jerusalem and restrictions at a popular meeting point near the Old City.

It has since escalated rapidly into one of the worst rounds of violence the area has seen since the 2014 Gaza War, which saw more than 2,200 Gazans killed during the fighting, approximately half of them civilians, including more than 550 children, according to a United Nations report. — Agencies


May 16, 2021
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