GAZA, Monday, May 17, 2021 (WAFA) – Four Palestinians were killed and a number of others were wounded in fresh Israeli airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip, according to WAFA correspondent.
He said that Israeli warplanes targeted a vehicle with a missile near the seaport, west of Gaza city, killing three Palestinians, including two who were in the vicinity.
The warplanes also pounded several civilian houses in Beit Lahia and Jabalya towns in the northern besieged enclave, killing one and injuring a number of others, mostly children and women.
The casualties were rushed to the Indonesian Hospital.
The Palestinian Health Ministry said the overall death toll since the latest onslaught began reached 198, including 58 children and 35 women. At least 1,300 people have been wounded.
The Israeli military has carried out hundreds of airstrikes on the coastal enclave, targeting what it alleged as military sites. However, the bombardment targeted and leveled multistory residential buildings, towers, houses, government institutions, media outlet offices, banks in addition to roads and other infrastructure across the strip.
Two million Palestinians live the Gaza Strip, which has been subjected to a punishing and crippling Israeli blockade for 12 years and repeated onslaughts that have heavily damaged much of the enclave’s infrastructure.
Gaza’s 2-million population remains under “remote control” occupation and a strict siege, which has destroyed the local economy, strangled Palestinian livelihoods, plunged them into unprecedented rates of unemployment and poverty, and cut off from the rest of the occupied Palestinian territories and the wider world.
Gaza remains occupied territory, having no control over its borders, territorial waters or airspace. Meanwhile, Israel upholds very few of its responsibilities as the occupying power, failing to provide for the basic needs of Palestinian civilians living in the territory.
Every two in three Palestinians in Gaza is a refugee from lands inside what is now Israel. That government forbids them from exercising their right to return as enshrined in international law because they are not Jews.