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00:25 – According to Israeli media (Amichai Stein is a correspondent for KAN, Israel’s public broadcaster), an IDF spokesperson advised his colleague that ground troops didn’t enter the Gaza strip:
IDF spokesperson tells @roysharon11: Ground troops DID NOT enter the Gaza strip
— Amichai Stein (@AmichaiStein1) May 13, 2021
00:24 – GUARDIAN – Again, there may be nonetheless confusion over whether or not this escalation alerts the launch of a full-scale ground invasion of Gaza by Israel.
Journalist Anshel Pfeffer, who experiences for Haaretz and the Economist, tweeted:
Some sort of Israeli ground offensive has started within the final hour within the Gaza Strip. It’s unclear at current what scale of forces, whether or not it’s the 4 brigades that have been in staging-areas or a smaller power.
No confirmed particulars but however this doesn’t like a massive-scale incursion in to Gaza fairly but however one thing smaller.
Conflicting experiences from totally different sources proper now over whether or not the “ground assault” is precise boots on the ground or simply ground forces (tanks, artillery) firing in to the Gaza Strip. We ought to know quickly sufficient
THE POST – 00:10- Israeli troops have crossed into the Gaza Strip, the Israeli navy stated early Friday, as artillery, tanks and warfare planes joined in a withering assault on the Palestinian enclave, and the Israeli navy readied not less than three brigades of troops for motion, elevating the prospect of an all-out ground invasion.
Just after midnight, the Israeli navy introduced that air and ground forces had joined in an assault on Gaza, however a navy spokeswoman didn’t element the quantity or sort of troops that had crossed the border.
The UN Security Council will meet to debate the state of affairs in Israel and Gaza on Sunday. The U.S. will proceed to actively have interaction in diplomacy on the highest ranges to attempt to de-escalate tensions.
— Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield (@USAmbUN) May 13, 2021
GUARDIAN; 23:56 –
This week’s violence between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers has killed 103 Palestinians, together with 27 youngsters, and wounded 530 folks within the impoverished territory. Israeli airstrikes have pounded flats, blown up automobiles and toppled buildings, the Associated Press experiences.
And Gaza’s hospitals have been already struggling:
“Before the navy assaults, we had main shortages and will barely handle with the second (virus) wave,” stated Gaza Health Ministry official Abdelatif al-Hajj by telephone as bombs thundered within the background. “Now casualties are coming from all instructions, actually vital casualties. I concern a complete collapse.”
Gutted by years of battle, the impoverished well being care system within the territory of greater than 2 million folks has at all times been weak. Bitter division between Hamas and the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority and a practically 14-12 months blockade imposed by Israel with Egypt’s assist additionally has strangled the infrastructure. There are shortages of gear and provides akin to blood baggage, surgical lamps, anaesthesia and antibiotics.
Personal safety gear, respiratory machines and oxygen tanks stay even scarcer.
Last month, Gaza’s every day coronavirus instances and deaths hit file highs, fuelled by the unfold of a variant that first appeared in Britain, leisure of motion restrictions throughout Ramadan, and deepening public apathy and intransigence.
On Thursday, the US Defence Department flew about 120 personnel out of Israel as a precaution in mild of the continued violence there, AP reported, citing Pentagon press secretary John Kirby, who stated the American personnel departed on Thursday on a US Air Force C-17 transport airplane.
They had been in Israel to plan for a future bilateral train. Kirby stated the convention was scheduled to finish this week however the exit was accelerated by a few days.
23:56: DISTRESSING VIDEO FROM GAZA – LIKELY AIR ATTACK – UNCONFIRMED –
غزة الآن#القدس_اقرب #فلسطين_تنتقض #فلسطين_قضيتي #القدس
— جريدتكم (@ImeGrop) May 13, 2021
23:51 – #GAZA VIDEO:
at this very second, a sequence of violent and successive israeli raids are hitting Gaza “particularly greater than 200 rockets” and it is killing so many Palestinians and destroying houses.
why is world silent !!!!#GazzaUnderAttack pic.twitter.com/6aZgJxrBVk
— Ranya Khaled | رَانيا خَالِد (@ranyakhaled_) May 13, 2021
This is what’s taking place in gaza proper now. The world has to talk out now,No extra silence, To all of the free folks of the world, you have to cease Israeli crimes in opposition to humanity in Palestine, Gaza#GazzaUnderAttack pic.twitter.com/zJ65eBv2qQ
— ⵅⴰⵍⵉⴷ ⵛⵉⵉⴱⴰ ⴰⵥⵥⴰⵎⴰⵍⵉⴽ🏹1911🇦🇹 🇵🇸 🇪🇬UWK (@Khaled1231988) May 13, 2021
Israeli forces assault northern Gaza, lots of pushed from their houses
Al Jazeera correspondent Safwat al-Kahlout, reporting from Gaza, described a sudden and large wave of Israeli assaults from the air, artillery and tanks concentrated within the north of the Gaza Strip.
“We may hear tons of explosions,” al-Kahlout stated.
Following the Israeli strikes, there have been requires ambulances for individuals who have been injured. Ambulance providers had issue reaching the realm as a result of roads linking to the north have been broken by the Israeli bombardment, al-Kahlout stated.
Hundreds of households have been pushed from their houses and compelled to take shelter from the bombing, he stated.
IDF air and ground troops are presently attacking within the Gaza Strip.
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) May 13, 2021
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted in Hebrew a couple of minutes later: I stated that we might cost a very heavy value from Hamas. We do it and we’ll proceed to do it with nice depth. The final phrase was not stated and this operation will proceed so long as mandatory. We give 100% backing to the police, the Border Police and the remaining of the safety forces to revive regulation and order to the cities of Israel – we won’t tolerate anarchy.
This is simply in from the Guardian’s Jerusalem correspondent, Oliver Holmes:
“Israel seems to have launched its most intense assault on Gaza thus far. Hazem Balousha, a journalist in Gaza metropolis, stated residents heard intense bombardments and assaults to the north of the strip since simply after midnight. “It lasted half an hour,” he stated. “Very loud; buildings have been shaking. My constructing was actually shaking.””