Here is the very latest regarding the violence in Gaza towards Israel.
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Tuesday 29th May 23:33 (UK)
~ Sirens have been sounding repeatedly throughout the evening and beyond midnight in southern Israel amid a fresh barrage of rockets being fired from Gaza. Sirens are continuing at the time of this update.
~ Many explosions have been heard. One rocket landed in the Israeli town of Netivot; no injuries reported.
~ Israel has tonight launched another air strike against terror targets in the Gaza Strip following the second wave of attacks against Israel. In the last few moments, the IDF confirmed that IAF fighter jets, attack helicopters and aircraft struck 25 Hamas targets. It followers earlier strikes by Israel on 35 Hamas and Islamic Jihad targets in response to a barrage of 70 rockets and mortars fired from Gaza during the day.
~ The UN Security Council will meet Wednesday at the request of the United States.
~ Earlier reports in the media of a ceasefire brokered by Egypt was denied by senior Israeli official.
— Amichai Stein (@AmichaiStein1) May 29, 2018
Tuesday 29th May – 17:05 (UK)
~ A renewed barrage of missiles launched from Gaza brings the number of rockets fired towards Israeli civilians today to over 100.
~ Three IDF soldiers were injured by rocket shrapnel.
~ Sirens in southern Israel have continued this evening.
~ The latest attack follows early morning strikes by Iran-backed “Islamic Jihad” group, in which a mortar shell landed in an Israeli kindergarten playground one hour before children arrived.
~ Most of the rockets fired from Gaza were intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome.
~ In response, Israeli Air Force jets strike over 35 terror sites in seven locations belonging to Hamas or Islamic Jihad. Sites include a tunnel, command positions and weapons cache.
~Yet another Hamas attack tunnel was destroyed by Israel, this time near the the Kerem Shalom humanitarian crossing – the 10th Hamas terror tunnel destroyed in Gaza since October 2017
~ The UK’s Middle East Minister, Alistair Burt, has condemned the attack on Israel. He said, “Indiscriminate attacks against civilians, especially those that risk killing or injuring children, are completely unacceptable under any circumstances.”
~ Joining the UK in condemning the attacks are the US, Ireland, France, Italy, EU and UN.
~ Israel’s Intelligence Minister says Jewish State is closest to war since 2014. In first since 2014, rockets from Gaza reach 24km inside Israel.
~ The Israeli Navy has apprehended a Palestinian boat as part of an organised “flotilla” that attempted to breach the legal naval blockade. The boat is reportedly being towed to the Israeli Navy base in Ashdod.
IAF fighter jets and aircraft targeted over 35 terror objectives in seven terror sites belonging to Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror organizations in the Gaza Strip pic.twitter.com/hz8w6Ct7zT
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) May 29, 2018
Tuesday 29th May – 12:05 (UK)
~ 28 mortars were fired from Gaza into southern Israel this morning in at least three separate barrages.
~ Some mortars landed in the playground of an Israeli kindergarten, one hour before children were due to arrive. One adult was injured by shrapnel.
~ Israel’s Iron-Dome intercepted most of the mortars.
~ The Iran-backed Islamic Jihad group has claimed responsibility.
~ The shelling appears to be the largest attack from the Gaza Strip since the 2014 war, known in Israel as Operation Protective Edge.
~ Israel has responded with targeted air-strikes in Gaza.
~ Netanyahu vowed to respond “with great force” to mortar barrage
~ The EU and UN have condemned the “indiscriminate” attack on Israel from Gaza
~ A “flotilla” of boats seeking to breach Israel’s naval barrier were blocked by the Israeli Navy
~ The main vessel, a fishing boat all “Al-Hurriyah” was said to carry 35 Palestinians who are either “injured and seeking treatment or want to study abroad”.
~ The boat’s intended destination was said to be Cyprus, and it set off from a Gaza port surrounded by dozens of smaller boats manned by supporters of the effort.
~ According to the IDF spokesperson’s office Hamas was able to stop some of the boats from crossing the nine pile limit of the fishing waters and Israeli navy ships stopped the rest.
Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus is reporting from the Israeli kindergarten that was hit by several mortars earlier this morning. The kindergarten is located in a kibbutz near the Gaza Strip pic.twitter.com/vZBa0y0UJm
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) May 29, 2018
Monday 28th May
~Thousands of Israeli residents in Sderot ran for cover at the sound of the Red Alert siren, triggered by heavy gunfire from Gaza towards Israel.
Saturday 26th May
~ The IDF struck several Hamas targets in Gaza in response to continued violence at the Gaza border and the infiltration of four Palestinians who hurled a firebomb before retreating back into Gaza after coming under defensive fire from the IDF.
Friday 25th May
~ South African cabinet has called on Israel to withdraw from Gaza, despite Israel unilaterally withdrawing in 2005
~ Hamas-run health ministry has removed the 8-month-old baby from the list of Palestinians killed in the conflict.The baby’s death was used extensively by the media, politicians and anti-Israel activists to demonise Israel’s actions in defending itself from terrorists.
This is what the UN needs to hear! LIKE and SHARE the truth!TODAY Colonel Richard Kemp, the former commander of the British armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan has SLAMMED the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for its condemnation of Israel whilst ignoring Hamas's terrorist actions."If this Council really cared about human rights, it should commend the Israel Defence Force for that, not condemn them on the basis of lies."#CUFI #Hamas #Gaza #Israel #PrayforIsrael #ColonelRichardKemp
Posted by Christians United for Israel – UK on Friday, 18 May 2018
~ The UN has approved a probe into Israel’s response to the Gaza riots
~ Twenty-nine countries on the UNHRC voted to approve the probe, including China, Cuba, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela, while 14 countries abstained, including the UK.
~ Only the United States and Australia voted against the resolution.
~ Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh vows the “March of Return” protests will continue, after they quietened following Monday’s riots, and they will work to expand to the so-called West Bank
~ Haniyeh dismisses warnings from Israel that it will target Hamas leaders if violence doesn’t end, saying “We grew up on the values of martyrs”
~ Oil and gas pipelines at Israel-Gaza border crossing partially reopen after Palestinians destroy by fire
~ Turkey’s President Erdogan has invited Islamic leaders from 57 countries, including the Iranian president, for an extraordinary summit in Istanbul to discuss development in Gaza
MUST WATCH: The people of Gaza are victims of Hamas, a terror organisation which is committed to the destruction of Israel, putting its extreme Islamist ideology above and beyond the interests of Gaza's population.
Posted by Christians United for Israel – UK on Thursday, 17 May 2018
~ A Hamas official says “50 out of 62″ of those rioters killed by the IDF on Wednesday were members of the terror group. A further three were members of Islamic Jihad.
~ A British MP, Nick Boles, who had earlier this week condemned Israel has had the integrity to admit he was “quick to judge” and now says Israel has the right to defend itself. Let’s pray he is the first of many.
~ PM Netanyahu has thanked Angela Merkel for her comments in support of Israel’s right to defend itself.
~ Hamas has today refused humanitarian aid from Israel. Two lorries carrying much-needed medical supplies were turned back.
~ A Hamas official has admitted on Palestinian TV they are deceiving the public when they talk about “peaceful resistance”
WATCH: This Hamas official has admitted they are deceiving the public when they talk about "peaceful resistence"He also confirms on Arabic TV the use of civilians as human shields for terrorists when he says it is “peaceful resistance bolstered by a military force”.#Gaza #Hamas #Israel #Truth
Posted by Christians United for Israel – UK on Wednesday, 16 May 2018
~ Hamas’s leader in Gaza said the terror group had reached an agreement with Egypt to prevent riots on the border with Israel from escalating to a fresh conflict with Israel, but warned it would not rule out the possibility of an armed clash in the future.
~ A number of bullets have hit a house in Sderot, Israel, caused by stray shots fired by Hamas in Gaza. An IDF tank has struck a Hamas post in response. Otherwise protests were relatively calm compared with earlier in the week.
~ Israel has reportedly offered to immediately accept Palestinian patients to Israeli hospitals or to allow the transfer of medical equipment and medicine to hospitals in the Gaza Strip. It follows the refusal by Israel to allow Turkey to airlift the injured.
~ The dispute with Turkey has deepened following the expulsion of Israel’s Ambassador yesterday. Turkish authorities humiliated the Ambassador as he departed for Israel, breaking diplomatic protocol by subjecting him to an airport security check that was filmed on Turkish TV.
~ An Israeli news crew have been physically attacked in Istanbul.
~ Iran’s Tasnim news agency reports Iranian President Rouhani will travel to Turkey in the next few days.
~UK government has called for “independent investigation” into deaths at Gaza border
~ Ireland has summoned the Israeli Ambassador
~ US and Australia have rightly condemned Hamas.
~ Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has blamed Israel for current situation without condemning Hamas for violence.
~ Labour’s Emily Thornberry went further in placing blame on Netanyahu and Trump.
~ Speaking at the UN on Tuesday, US Ambassador Nikki Haley said Hamas would have been “pleased with the results from yesterday” when 60 Gazans were reportedly killed.
~ The IDF reports that so far 24 of those killed have been identified as belonging to the Hamas or Islamic Jihad terror groups.
~ Turkey has expelled Israeli Ambassador; Israel in return expels Turkish Ambassador to Israel; Speaking at Downing Street, the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan says country will never recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
~ Abbas has summoned the Palestinian envoy in Washington back to Ramallah.
~ Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon has called on the Security Council to condemn Hamas’ “war crimes.”
~ PM Netanyahu has said Israel holds Hamas responsible for placing women and children amid the riots. It follows revelations yesterday that families are being paid $100 to attend.
~ Hamas social media today has circulated maps on the shortest route to Israeli communities to carry out attacks should the border be breached.
~ Earlier, Hamas called for protesters to take knives and guns.
~ The main border crossing into Gaza has been reopened after Palestinians set fire to it for the third time in two weeks, cutting off Gaza’s fuel and gas pipeline. Shipments of medical supplies have crossed today, but Hamas prevented hundreds of lorries of goods, including food, into Gaza.
~ A student organisation in Iran has offered a $100,000 reward to whoever bombs the new US Embassy in Jerusalem, according to Farsi-language reports.
~ 10 explosive devices targeting Israelis were detonated during yesterday’s riots at the Gaza-Israel border; gunfire was reported on at least 3 occasions; 17 kites carrying firebombs were dispatched intoIsrael, igniting 23 fires.
~ Approximately 40,000 Palestinians protested in more than a dozen locations along border fence. Palestinians sources report that 58 rioters were killed in the violence, including a baby who died after inhaling tear gas.
~ Hamas is offering Palestinian families $100 to participate in violent riots at the Gaza-Israel border with higher monetary payouts for wounded rioters and fatalities.
~ There are also reports that Hamas have distributed maps showing shortest root to Israeli communities once border is breached.
~ Hamas press conference last night said, “The mass popular movement and the marches are continuing and will continue… Our people’s marches have provoked the enemy to more bloodshed.”
~ Hamas social media is encouraging the rioters taking part in the violence on the Israel-Gaza fence to bring knives & guns with them, and to kidnap Israeli civilians.
~ Gaza border crossing was set on fire for third time – has reopened today. It follows setting on fire by Hamas of oil and gas lines to cut off supplies to Gazan residents.
~ Ireland has summoned the Israeli Ambassador
~ Jeremy Corbyn has condemned Israel for killing dozens of “unarmed protesters”, linked it to President Trump’s embassy move, called for action against Israel, and failed to condemn Islamist group Hamas.
~ The US has blocked call for UN investigation into deaths at Gaza border.