One woman has been killed as more than 80 rockets were fired at Tel Aviv from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday night.
Police spokesperson Mickey Rosenfeld told The Independent the assault was “unprecedented” and confirmed the woman was killed in Rishon LeTsiyon, just south of Tel Aviv.
Mr Rosenfeld said over 80 projectiles were fired toward the city and said that “security is at the highest alert” in Tel Aviv.
Hamas said it had fired the rockets in response to an Israeli air strike that had flattened a tower block earlier in the day.
It comes as Israeli paramedics earlier confirmed that two women were killed in rocket attacks in southern Israel today.
Both victims reportedly died after one rocket hit a residential building and two landed in an open area. A third person is thought to be in a critical condition.
Meanwhile, the first funerals have been held for some of the 26 people killed – including nine children – in a wave of Israeli airstrikes on Gaza.
Hamas blames Israel for latest round of fighting
Hamas’ leader has blamed Israel for the latest round of fighting in the region because of its actions in Jerusalem.
In a live speech on Tuesday Hamas’ leader, Ismail Haniyeh, said Gaza militants “have defended Jerusalem.”
He confirmed Egypt, Qatar and the United Nations were trying to broker a cease-fire but said Hamas “told everybody, it’s the Israeli occupation that set Jerusalem on fire and the flames reached Gaza.”
Mr Haniyeh added that Israel is “responsible for all these consequences.”
Samuel Osborne11 May 2021 22:19
UN security council to meet to discuss Israel-Hamas fighting
The United Nations Security Council will meet privately on Wednesday, diplomats said, to discuss the fighting between Israel and armed factions in Hamas-run Gaza, Reuters reports.
Samuel Osborne11 May 2021 21:58
Indian national identified as one of three women killed in Israel
One of the three women killed in Israel by rocket attacks from Gaza was an Indian national working as a caregiver, the Israeli Foreign Ministry has said.
The woman was identified as Soumya Santosh.
Israel’s ambassador to India, Ron Malka, extended his condolences on Twitter, writing: “Our hearts are crying with her nine year old son that lost his mother in this cruel terrorist attack.”
Samuel Osborne11 May 2021 21:48
Explainer: Why have tensions escalated?
More than 700 Palestinians have now been injured since the outbreak of violence late last week in the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem.
On Monday, Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired rockets towards the city and southern Israel, with six civilians reportedly hurt in the barrage, prompting Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to accuse the Hamas militant group of crossing a “red line” and promise a tough response.
That duly arrived in the shape of airstrikes on Monday night, which killed at least 24 people, nine of whom were children.
Joe Middleton11 May 2021 21:30
Crowd gathers outside Israeli embassy in London
A crowd has gathered outside the Israeli embassy in London, with many holding placards reading: “Free Palestine” and “#EndTheSiege”.
Samuel Osborne11 May 2021 21:28
UN chief demands immediate halt to the ‘spiralling escalation’ of violence
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is demanding an immediate halt to the “spiralling escalation” in Israeli-Palestinian violence.
A spokesman says the United Nations “is working with all relevant parties to de-escalate the situation urgently.”
Guterres “is gravely concerned” by the upsurge in violence, and “is deeply saddened to learn of increasingly large numbers of casualties, including children, from Israeli airstrikes in Gaza, and of Israeli fatalities from rockets launched from Gaza.
Spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on Tuesday that “Israeli security forces must exercise maximum restraint and calibrate their use of force.”
He also added that “the indiscriminate launching of rockets and mortars towards Israeli population centers is unacceptable.”
He said when asked whether Guterres had been in contact with key players that “contacts are continuing to be held at all levels with all interested parties in an effort to de-escalate the situation.”
Dujarric was pressed about whether the Guterres condemned the Israeli airstrikes in Gaza but refused to use the word condemn, saying only that the U.N. chief “stands against the killing of any and all civilians.”
Joe Middleton11 May 2021 21:15
Israel resumes flights after rocket assault
Israel has resumed flights after briefly halting all take-offs on Tuesday night over rocket fire by Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, the Israel Airports Authority said.
Joe Middleton11 May 2021 20:50
Footage shows Iron Dome intercept rocket barrage from Gaza
A woman has been killed in a rocket attack on Tel Aviv. Shocking footage posted on social media by the Israel Defense Forces shows the moment the Iron Dome intercepted a barrage of over 80 rockets fired from Gaza, amid growing hostilities between Israel and Hamas.
Israel has unleashed airstrikes on Gaza while militants have barraged Israel with hundreds of rockets.
So far this week, 28 Palestinians — including 10 children — have been killed in Gaza, most by airstrikes. The Israeli military said at least 16 of the dead were militants.
Joe Middleton11 May 2021 20:28
One woman killed after Tel Aviv rocket attack, police confirm
One woman has been killed in an “unprecedented” barrage of rockets from Gaza on the Tel Aviv area, Israel’s police spokesperson told The Independent.
“One woman was killed in Rishon LeTsiyon [ just south of Tel Aviv], “ Mickey Rosenfeld said.
He added “It is one of most intense rocket strikes on Tel Aviv, one of the most serious and largest in years, striking into the very heart of Israel.”
Joe Middleton11 May 2021 20:12
Israel closes airport after rocket assault
Israel’s transportation authority says it is closing the country’s main international airport following a barrage of rocket fire on Tel Aviv.
It said there would be no outgoing flights “to allow the defense of the country’s skies.”
People reportedly scrambled for cover in Ben Gurion airport after hearing the sirens.
FlightRadar showed that a number of planes had been held or diverted to other airports.
Joe Middleton11 May 2021 19:54