Conflicts & War

Gaza death toll rises to 153 after another night of Israeli bombings

Jerusalem, May 16 (EFE).- A new night of Israeli bombardments on the Gaza Strip increased the death toll to at least 153 since the beginning of the current war escalation, which reached its seventh day Sunday, according to Palestine’s Health Ministry.

The Israeli attacks consisted of 50 bombings in less than 15 minutes and destroyed the family residence of Yahya Sinwar, leader of Islamist movement Hamas. Sinwar was not at home.

According to Gaza eyewitnesses, the wave of Israeli attacks this morning was the largest since the start of the current escalation, targeting civilian buildings.

Witnesses further claimed that five buildings were hit in Gaza City without warning, killing at least five civilians, including three children, who were inside and whose deaths were confirmed by a health ministry spokesman.

The Israeli Army said that among the targets attacked this morning included, in addition to the residence of the Hamas leader, the family home of his brother, Mohamad Sinwar, which was evacuated before the attack.

These bombardments occurred simultaneously with retaliatory rocket fire from Gaza, which continued through the night and saw more than 130 rounds fired according to an Israeli military spokesman.

The attacks followed a strong wave of rockets launched this morning towards Tel Aviv, which had been previously announced by the leader of the armed wing of Hamas, Mohamad Deif, and which spread to multiple cities in central Israel.

According to the Israeli Army, these shots raised to about 2,900 the projectiles launched since the beginning of the current military escalation, of which about 450 fell within the enclave and about 1,150 were intercepted by the Iron Dome, Israel’s anti-missile system.

These shots have already left 10 dead in Israel, eight of them from rocket hits and two from falls while running to bomb shelters. EFE


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