Rescue workers searched for survivors under the rubble Sunday as Israel’s eruption in besieged Gaza entered its seventh consecutive day.
An hour-long rain of 150 rockets hit the area overnight Sunday night in what some Palestinian security forces call a “massive explosion” since the second, or uprising, that began in 2000.
Emergency services worked to exhume the bodies of rubbish and smoke and demolish the house while the brothers wept suddenly and with grief.
About half of the rocks looked at al-Wehda’s Gaza City area where living quarters, buildings and roads were damaged or slightly damaged.
The Ministry of Health has confirmed that 26 people were killed overnight – including Dr Ayman Abu al-Ouf, chief medical officer at Shifa Hospital – following a bomb blast in Israel in their homes. Five children were found alive under the rubble.
“We still hear people screaming under the rubble,” said Medhat Hamdan, a security official who traveled from Khan Younis to Gaza City and worked tirelessly for 11 hours to save lives.
“For me, working at that job was daunting. I’m not surprised by what I see, but no one can help us when we come across children’s bodies and remove them, “said Hamdan, adding that he had dragged three dead children from the rubbish dump.
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Definition: The Rescue Team is searching for missing people in a massacre on al-Wehda Street in Gaza City.
“Our entire area – from Tel Shubeir to the Palmera junction – was bombed,” said Ramzi Eshkuntana, who was at home when he said a series of 40 air raids had crashed in the area in just minutes.
“We left the house and ran away and saw many houses around us, including my brother’s house. His wife and four children were killed while he was sleeping, ”said Eshkuntana.
He added, “My brother’s wife pulled him up after hugging his children.” “These were not F-16 arrows; these were bombs from F-35 fighter jets. ”
‘These are the children’
The social worker gave up his account as he tried to save people under the rubble.
“We heard the screams of another girl. We also heard the ringing of a cell phone. We followed the word and for several hours, using a bulldozer and other lighting equipment, we reached the girl, who is still alive, ”he said.
“She and her children – two boys and two girls – have died. Were these kids shooting rockets? Is it not enough that he was denied the joy of Eid? These are the kids! The oldest was in the fourth grade. ”
Mirjam Mueller, director of Products in Gaza said the past few days have been marked by an “increase” in violence.
“Our teams have not been able to move. The downturn is really needed to be able to assess the situation on earth and provide the support that is needed, “said Mueller.
“I’ve only been here a few days … and it has been painful to see how things have turned out.”
On another difficult day for Palestinians on the Gaza Strip, many dormitories are being attacked and leaving dozens of families homeless.@Chilememetodaymeme @yamautisyouten pic.twitter.com/fEIyCJgEHQ
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Another resident, Khalil al-Kolak, said both of his family’s homes were destroyed.
“We woke up in the middle of the night and heard about the bomb,” he said.
“Only two in our family are alive,” he continued. “All 14 other members, including women, children and men – have all left. And there are six under the rocks. ”
‘The Armed Forces’
Raji al-Sourani, head of Palestine’s human rights capital, told Al Jazeera that Israel wanted civilians.
“What happened here in al-Wehda is clear evidence that Israel is committing crimes against humanity and fighting against civilians,” he said.
“The most developed and powerful soldiers in the area are attacking dormitories, banks, journalists and families. It is clear that the regional team will not be able to defeat the military and instead 80% of those affected are civilians. ”
Al-Sourani said the cases are being documented and will be submitted to international courts.
Brigadier-General Hidai Zilberman, a military spokesman, told Israeli military radio on Sunday that the military had attacked the home of Yehiyeh Sinwar, Hamas’s top leader in the region.
As of Monday’s violence, more than 170 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have been killed, including 41 children. More than 1,000 have been injured. In the occupied West Bank, Israeli forces have killed at least 13 Palestinians.
Palestinian militants have fired at least 2,300 rockets into Israel, killing 10 people, including two children, and wounding more than 560 Israeli civilians.
‘Surprise our children’
Sunday’s bombing came just hours after Israeli missiles fired hit the T-shirt refugee camp killing 10 brothers – two mothers and their four children each. Israeli forces say the building was used by Hamas officials, who are being criticized by residents of the camp.
“They are beating our children, children, unknowingly,” said Mohammed al-Hadidi, whose family members have been abducted and whose five-month-old son was also injured in the blast.
That same day, the Israeli army he demolished a tall house resides in the offices of media organizations, including the Al Jazeera office.
As violence escalates, aid is on the rise as some 17,000 Palestinians flee their homes near the Israeli border east of the Gaza Strip for fear of reprisals, the United Nations said.
“They are hiding in schools, mosques, and other places during the global COVID-19 epidemic without water, food, sanitation and health services,” said UN humanitarian Lynn Hastings.
It’s growing #human problems in #Gaza. Now 10,000 have left their homeland of Gaza. Israeli and Palestinian officials have to approve aid and access. READ my words here: https://t.co/rIpBOIRZoW pic.twitter.com/7EcVttILgw
– Lynn Hastings (@LynnHastings) May 14, 2021
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was “deeply disturbed” by ordinary people in Gaza and was “deeply disturbed” by what Israel had done to the country’s embassy.
Guterres “reminds all parties that any attacks against the security forces are a violation of international law and should be avoided at all costs,” his spokesman said.
The UN Security Council meets on Sunday to discuss the bloody conflict between Israel and the Palestinians since 2014.
Palestinians on Saturday wrote Nakba – a “tragedy” that saw hundreds of Palestinians homeless when Israel created in 1947-1948.
Two Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in the West Bank, just days after a series of deadly clashes in the region have left 11 Palestinians dead.
Additional reports a Hosam Salem in Gaza