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Israel launches new airstrikes on Gaza, killing 10 including two children

Hundreds of rockets have been fired from Gaza following Israel's latest airstrikes, nearly 36 hours after Israel’s initial attack.

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8.00 AM: MoH in Gaza: The death toll on the morning of Thursday 11 May stands at 25, including six children and at least four women. 71 have been injured, including at least 21 children. A total of 292 patients (including 15 in life-threatening condition) have by now been denied access to medical treatment in Jerusalem, the West Bank, or Israel, as Israel continues to close the Beit Hanoun crossing.

8.06 PM: Palestinian media report that 16-year-old Rami Hamdan was killed by shrapnel from a missile that fell on his family’s house in Beit Hanoun, bringing Gaza’s death toll to 22 including six children.

7.09 PM: A source in Hamas tells Haaretz they are ready to commit to a ceasefire agreement and are working to get Islamic Jihad to agree to the terms of the deal, with the source saying Islamic Jihad is likely to accept.

6.40 PM: Palestinian MoH says 64 including children have been injured in today’s airstrikes, some critically.

5.55 PM: MoH in Gaza: Call toll-free hotline103 for psychological or medical advice.

5.47 PM: Palestinian MoH says a new fatality has arrived at Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, in addition to four injuries, bringing today’s death toll to six and the total death toll to 21 including five children.

5.17 PM: Israeli sources tell Haaretz Israel is willing to agree to a ceasefire on the condition it is immediate, and is ready to open the crossings between Gaza and Israel.

5.10 PM: The Israeli military says 205 rockets have crossed into Israel, of which 62 were intercepted by the Iron Dome.

5.09 PM: Palestinian MoH confirms a fifth fatality in Gaza today, bringing the death toll to 20.

4.55 PM: Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant asks government to enlarge emergency zone to 80km radius of Gaza (extending north of Tel Aviv), allowing the Israeli military to order residents to shelter, postpone public events, and limit gatherings.

4.44 PM: Palestine TV reports another two Palestinians including a child have been killed in airstrikes in Rafah and Gaza City.

4.24 PM: An Israeli military statement says they have targeted over 40 locations across the Gaza Strip.

3.37 PM: MoH in Gaza: Abu Yousef Najjar Hospital says two Palestinians killed, and a third injured in Rafah.

3:35 PM: Israeli media reports that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the heads of authorities in the south in a telephone conversation that “We are open to the possibility of the expansion of the campaign and heavy blows against Gaza.”

3.27 PM: Palestine TV reports the injury of three Palestinians in Israeli airstrikes east of Rafah in southern Gaza.

Jerusalem24 – Israel has launched another series of airstrikes on several locations in the Gaza Strip, killing two Palestinians including a child, and injuring 37 including several children.

Several rockets were fired from Gaza following Israel’s latest airstrikes, nearly 36 hours after Israel’s initial attack.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip announced at 1 PM the death of farmer Mohammad Yousef Abu Taiyma and the injury of at least 10 others including three children in a new round of Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli army claimed it targeted a Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) rocket-launching base, and published a video showing the moment the strike hit two people in the town of Absan, east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.

The strike was followed by additional strikes across Gaza toward what the Israeli army said are PIJ targets.

Over an hour after the renewed volley of Israeli missiles, the Joint Resistance Operation Room of Palestinian factions in Gaza launched several rockets, with sirens activating in southern Israel.

Around 2:18 PM, Sirens were activated in Central Israel after several rockets were fired from Gaza toward Tel Aviv and Gush Dan.

Just after 2 AM on Tuesday, Israel launched a series of airstrikes on Gaza without warning, dropping over 100 missiles in under an hour. 15 Palestinians were killed including four children from three families and four women. Over 20 were injured, some critically, including three children and seven women.

MoH: Allow cancer patients to cross out of Gaza

Israeli authorities closed at 3 AM on Tuesday both crossings between Gaza and Israel until further notice.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza said that 142 patients, most of them cancer patients including five in “extremely critical condition” are unable to travel for scheduled medical care in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Israel due to the closure of the Beit Hanoun crossing.

“Preventing patients from reaching specialized hospitals and receiving medical rights is a violation of international humanitarian law and the Geneva Convention,” the Ministry said in a statement. “We demand the concerned parties pressure the Israeli occupation to facilitate the departure of patients to hospitals to save their lives.”

Israel systematically closes the crossings between Gaza and Israel during its bombing campaigns on the Strip, leaving the already-strained health service even less equipped to handle the chronically ill and to deal with the influx of injuries resulting from the airstrikes.

Nadeen Alshaer

Alshaer is a Palestinian journalist, a Birzeit University graduate with a B.A. in TV and Radio Broadcasting Journalism. Alshaer has 6 years of experience in journalism. She currently works as a reporter, editor and presenter/producer for PBC-Palestine TV and Jerusalem24 radio. She’s a UN and Kelley School of Business alumna.

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