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UPDATE: 56 Palestinians, 6 Israelis Killed as Tensions Escalate

May 12, 2021

Update: since the publication of this article, the death toll in Gaza has risen to 56, according to the Independent, with at least six Israelis killed, BBC reports.  Hundreds of air strikes in Gaza carried out by Israeli forces and multiple rocket barrages fired towards Tel Aviv and Jerusalem by Hamas and other Palestinian militants on Wednesday have led to the deaths of at least 32 Palestinians in Gaza and five Israeli people, according to Reuters. The Israeli forces’ aerial bombardment of Gaza caused the collapse of buildings, and were allegedly carried out to target residences of Hamas leaders and rocket launch sites. Several Hamas intelligence leaders are alleged to have been killed early on Wednesday as a result. Palestinian health authorities, however, say that the strikes killed civilians, including nine children. Meanwhile, videos shared on social media show sirens sounding in Tel Aviv as rocket fire from Gaza filled the sky, intercepted by the Israel’s ‘iron dome’ defense system. Israel’s parliament in Jerusalem was reportedly evacuated due to the rocket fire. Israel claims more than 1050 rockets and mortar shells were fired towards it by militants in Gaza. Israeli…

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