21 killed as Israeli air raids on Gaza continue

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A view shows the site of an Israeli air strike amid a flare-up of Israel-Palestinian violence, in Gaza City May 11, 2021. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Palestinian health ministry said at least 21 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli air raids on the besieged Gaza Strip, after Hamas launched rockets from the coastal territory towards Israel.

The Gaza health ministry told newsmen yesterday that 21 people, including children, had been killed in the attacks.

The attacks were carried out after Hamas fired several rockets at Israel, following the expiration of the group’s ultimatum demanding Israel stand down forces from the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem.

Earlier yesterday, tensions at the compound, the third holiest in Islam which is also revered by Jews, escalated with more than 300 Palestinians wounded when Israeli police stormed the mosque, firing rubber bullets, stun grenades and tear gas.

The United Nations Security Council held an urgent meeting on the unrest in Jerusalem, as world leaders urged the de-escalation of the tensions.

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