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Israeli-Palestinian conflict: What’s happening now?

Violence continues for the seventh day, worldwide protests in support of Palestine and everything you need to know to get up to date

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An Israeli soldier inspects damage to an apartment in a residential building after it was hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, in Ashdod, southern Israel.

An Israeli soldier inspects damage to an apartment in a residential building after it was hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, in Ashdod, southern Israel, Monday, May 17, 2021.

Maya Alleruzzo, Associated Press

Israel and Palestine entered their second week of fighting Monday. Tensions had been on the rise for over a month when the fighting began May 10. Amid international efforts to broker a ceasefire, violence escalated throughout the week and into the weekend.

Within Israel, the violence between Jewish and Arab Israelis continued throughout the weekend, the AP reports.

Israel draws controversy for airstrike targets amid further destruction in Gaza

On Saturday, Israeli airstrikes leveled a 12-story office building in Gaza City housing The Associated Press and Al Jazeera, international media outlets. The action has drawn criticism from both news outlets. Reporters Without Borders has called for an investigation by the International Criminal Court of Israel committing war crimes.

  • Also on Saturday, airstrikes hit the al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza, killing 10 Palestinians and wounding at least 20 more in nearby houses, CNN reported.
  • On Monday, the Israeli military targeted the homes of Hamas commanders, destroying nine, as well as targeting the tunnels used by Hamas forces, the AP reports.

Within Gaza, the destruction has led to power outages lasting between eight to 12 hours a day. The area’s electricity distribution company said Monday that its power supply will last only two to three more days. The tap water is no longer drinkable, according to the AP. The Gaza City mayor said the airstrikes have damaged roads and other key infrastructure.

Efforts for a ceasefire continue to stall

The Israeli prime minister continues to reiterate that Israel is prepared for further fighting, saying it will do “whatever it takes to restore order.” Hamas’ top leader said they will not accept a ceasefire “that is not up to the sacrifices of the Palestinian people.”

The U.N. Security Council met Sunday to discuss the violence but did not issue a statement condemning the violence and calling for a ceasefire due to the U.S. delegation blocking these efforts, CBS News reports.

Diplomats from the U.N., Egypt and Qatar continue to push for a ceasefire, but the violence shows no signs of stopping.

Protests worldwide show support for Palestine

On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of protesters around the world gathered to show support for Palestine and condemn the Israeli attacks, Buzzfeed News reports. The demonstrators waved Palestinian flags, chanted “Free Palestine” and held posters.

Large demonstrations also took place in Lebanon near the Lebanese-Israeli border as well as in Germany, Qatar, Belgium, Turkey, South Africa, Iraq, Turkey, Mexico, Canada, Japan and Spain, according to Al Jazeera.

Many protests took place on the Palestinian day of remembrance, Nakba Day, when Palestinians commemorate the 1948 displacement of thousands of Palestinians during the establishment of Israel, Al Jazeera reports.