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Casualties confirmed as Israel renews relentless bombardment of Gaza

GAZA, Monday, May 17, 2021 (WAFA) – The Israeli military Monday continued its relentless bombardment of the besieged Gaza Strip as the onslaught entered its eighth day, according to WAFA correspondent.

He said that the Israeli warplanes renewed their strikes of various locations in Jabalya and Beit Lahia towns in the northern strip, al-Bureij and Nuseirat refugee camps in the central strip and Khan Younes in the south, targeting civilian houses, factories, agricultural land and infrastructure and causing massive material damage.

The heavy artillery shelling targeted a foam products factory on Salah Eddin Street, east of Jabalya, setting it aflame. Palestinian Civil Defense crews rushed to the scene and are battling to extinguish the fire.

An Israeli drone fired a missile toward two Palestinians walking on a street, east of Deir al-Balah city, in the central strip, wounding them. They were rushed to Shuhada Al-Aqsa Hospital for treatment.

This came as the Israeli military conducted more than 100 airstrikes on various areas along the western part of Gaza city, targeting Ansar compound, al-Maqusi Towers, two houses including a four-storey house near al-Shifa hospital, in addition to streets in al-Rimal, Tel al-Hawa, Sheikh Ajlin and the western part of Zeitoun neighborhoods.

WAFA correspondent confirmed casualties, including women and children, without specifying the numbers. He added that medics faced difficulties reaching scenes of the airstrikes and transporting the wounded because the Israeli military had bombed many roads leading to hospitals.

The bombardment also caused substantial damage to power lines, leading to electricity cuts across large parts of Gaza city.

The Health Ministry reported on Sunday (last updated 4:00 PM)  that a total of 188 Palestinians were killed, including 55 children and 33 women, and 1,230 others were wounded in the ongoing Israeli onslaught on Gaza.


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