- Gaza has reported 87 deaths and over 530 injuries, via AP, while Israel has reported seven deaths and at least 100 injured.
The International Criminal Court has stated it is monitoring the conflict for possible war crimes. Neither side has given any indication of backing down while diplomats from Qatar, Egypt, and the U.N. attempt to broker a cease-fire, the AP reports.
Losses, damage and panic in Gaza
Since the Israeli airstrikes began Monday night, the death toll in Gaza has reached 87 people. According to the Gaza health ministry and the AP, this includes 18 children and seven women. Over 487 individuals have been wounded, including at least 86 children and 39 women.
- An airstrike Wednesday killed the Hamas Gaza City commander, the highest-ranking official killed by Israel since the 2014 Gaza war, and several other Hamas commanders and Islamic Jihad militants.
- A 13-story building in Gaza city fully collapsed under the airstrikes but brought no casualties due to Israeli warning shots.
- A three-floor residential building was hit and three people killed, according to Gaza health officials and CNN.
Losses, damage and protests in Israel
So far, Israeli military officials and AP report that Hamas militants have fired more than 1,500 rockets, at least 200 of which have fallen short and landed in Gaza. The rocket shelling has caused:
- Closure of Israel’s main airport, according to CNN.
- Emergency air raid sirens in Tel Aviv and other cities, the AP reports.
Within Israel, unrest has spread beyond Jerusalem to other Jewish-Arab cities, particularly Lod. The protests escalated into riots, with border guards deployed to support police officers in keeping order, a rare move according to the AP.
No signs of de-escalation
On Wednesday, the Israeli military called 5,000 reserve troops to active duty and spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus indicated possible preparations for a ground invasion with The New York Times reports confirming this possibility.
The U.N. has denounced both sides of the violence, CNN states. Calls for de-escalation have come from the European Union and the U.S. The three previous conflicts between Hamas and Israel have ended with informal truces, convinced by regional and international powers, according to the AP.
The recent violence is increasingly resembling —and may even exceed— the violence of the 2014 Gaza war, AP reported today.
More recent reports provide updates on earlier developments:
- The Palestinian Red Crescent and the United Nations now report that nearly 1,000 Palestinians in East Jerusalem and over 200 Palestinians in West Bank were injured between May 7 and May 10 in the threatened Shiekh Jarrah evictions and the Israeli police raid on Al Aqsa mosque, according to CNN.
- Heavy policing of Muslims by Israeli security began last month with the start of the Muslim fasting and holy month, Ramadan, in mid-April, the AP reports.