Israel-Palestine Conflict LIVE News & Updates: Israel-Palestine conflict continues unabated with hopes for a ceasefire tenuous at best. More than 200 Palestinians have been killed and nearly 60,000 displaced as Israeli Defence Forces airstrikes on Gaza continue. In Israel, at least 12 residents have been killed in Hamas rocket attacks, while the situation at the border on Lebanon too is volatile, according to reports. Meanwhile, France has led diplomatic efforts at the United Nations Security Council for a ceasefire. Here are the live updates from the Israel-Palestine conflict today:
Pakistan Parliament passes resolution on Israel-Palestine conflict
Pakistan’s Parliament on Monday passed a unanimous resolution condemning Israel’s “systematic oppression” of the people of Palestine and demanded the UN probe the human rights violations. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi moved the resolution in the National Assembly, according to the Radio Pakistan. The resolution “strongly condemned the systematic and institutionalised oppression” of the people of Palestine by Israel. It denounced the attacks by the Israeli regime on worshippers in Al-Aqsa mosque during Ramzan and rejected the continuing practice of expanding settlements through forced evictions.
Israeli medics: 10 wounded, 4 seriously, in strike from Gaza
A strike launched from Gaza on Tuesday wounded 10 people in southern Israel, four of them seriously, Israeli medics reported, as Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers continued to trade attacks.
Déjà Vu in the Middle East
Given the structural challenge that Israel faces in tackling militants from Gaza, the IDF’s objectives are quite clear—establishing deterrence vis-a-vis Hamas by inflicting high enough costs so that it can have a sobering effect on Hamas behaviour in the future. While many would see in Israel’s response the use of disproportionate force, for IDF the challenge is to ensure that a non-state actor like Hamas working in tandem with some state actors gets the message that Israel has the wherewithal to respond to its provocations.
Israeli Prez speaks to family of Indian caregiver killed in rocket attack from Gaza
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday spoke to the family of the Indian caregiver who was killed on May 11 in a rocket attack by Palestinian militants from Gaza, and conveyed his condolences. Soumya Santosh, 30, who hailed from Kerala’s Idukki district, worked as a caregiver attending to an old woman at a house in the southern Israeli coastal city of Ashkelon. She was talking to her husband Santhosh over a video call in the evening on May 11 when a rocket fired from Gaza directly hit the house where she was working.
Hamas says it targeted Israeli airbases: Local media report
Militants in Gaza fired several rocket barrages at southern and central Israel late yesterday and in the early hours today. According to The Times of Israel, Hamas has claimed that it was targeting the Israeli Air Force bases during the strikes. Red alert sirens were heard in Israeli town along the Gaza border, the southern coastal cities of Ashdod and Ashkelon, in central towns as far north as Rehovot and Palmachim, and at a number of air bases.