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Israel news – live: US envoy arrives for de-escalation talks as unrest spreads over Gaza bombardment

The death toll in Israel has risen after an Israeli air raid in Gaza city killed at least 10 Palestinians in the deadliest single strike since violence erupted in the region earlier this week.

The strike on a three-storey house in a refugee camp in the city is understood to have killed eight children and two women from an extended family.

It came as US envoy Hady Amr arrived in Tel Aviv for de-escalation talks with Israeli, Palestinian and UN officials in the hope of agreeing on a ceasefire following days of conflict.

Unrest between Israel and Palestinian spilled over into the West Bank on Friday, sparking the most widespread protests in years as hundreds of young demonstrators in multiple towns clashed with Israeli troops, who shot and killed at least 11 people.

In recent days, Israeli cities with mixed Arab and Jewish populations have seen daily violence, with mobs from each community clashing and trashing each other’s property.

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The latest figures from the Palestinian Ministry of Health show that 139 Palestinians, including 39 children, have now been killed, while 1000 have been injured, as a result of ongoing Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip.

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Images from a gathering in Madrid, Spain, today for the anniversary of the 1948 displacement of Palestinians from what is now Israel can be found below:

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Conrad Duncan15 May 2021 11:36

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Saudia Arabia calls for meeting of foreign ministers from Muslim nations

Saudi Arabia has called for foreign ministers from the world’s largest body of Muslim nations to hold a meeting on Sunday to discuss Israel’s actions against Palestinians and the Israeli police’s use of force against protesters at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

The kingdom said it would host the virtual summit, gathering ministers of the 57-nation Organisation of Islamic Cooperation “to discuss the Israeli aggression in the Palestinian territory”.

The Saudi-headquartered OIC, which was formed 51 years ago in response to a Jewish extremist arson attack on Al-Aqsa, includes countries such as Iran, Turkey, Indonesia and a range of Muslim-majority nations.

The sanctity of the mosque, which is one of Islam’s holiest sites, is a sensitive and emotive issue for Muslims around the world.

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Muslim worshippers take part in Friday prayers at the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound

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Conrad Duncan15 May 2021 11:13

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South Africa condemns Israel’s ‘barbaric’ attacks on Palestinians

The South African government has condemned Israel’s “barbaric” attacks on Palestinians in Gaza, accusing the country of violating international law, according to the Turkish state-run Anadolu news agency.

“Israel’s actions are in stark violation of international law, and a total disregard of the United Nations Security Council Resolutions, (UNSC) including Resolutions 446 (1979) and 2334 (2016) which explicitly call for an end to Israeli occupation and the fulfilment of the rights of the Palestinian people, including to self-determination and independence,” the South African government said in a statement on Friday.

The government also denounced the attacks on Palestinian protesters at Al-Aqsa Mosque and the unlawful evictions of Palestinians from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem.

The statement added that Israel should “stop the barbaric attacks on Palestinians and commit itself to international efforts aimed at reviving a political process, leading to the establishment of a viable Palestinian state”.

A viable Palestinian state should exist side-by-side with Israel within the internationally-recognised pre-1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, the South African government said.

Conrad Duncan15 May 2021 10:57

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Egypt sends 10 ambulances to Gaza to pick up wounded

Egypt has sent 10 ambulances into Gaza on Saturday to pick up casualties of Israeli bombardments for treatment in Egyptian hospitals, according to medical and security sources for Reuters.

The ambulances entered Gaza at the Rafah crossing, which is otherwise closed for five days over the Eid al-Fitr holiday and the weekend and is due to reopen on Monday.

A further five ambulances have been deployed to enter Gaza later and three Egyptian hospitals have been readied to provide treatment, the sources and local health officials said.

Conrad Duncan15 May 2021 10:37

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Our reporter, Joe Sommerlad, has more details below on the significance of Nakba Day for Palestinians:

Conrad Duncan15 May 2021 10:29

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Palestinians begin gathering to mark anniversary of 1948 displacement

Palestinians have begun gathering across the occupied West Bank to mark the anniversary of the displacement of hundreds of thousands of refugees from what is now Israel during the 1948 war surrounding its creation.

Nakba Day, Arabic for “catastrophe”, comes this year at a time of heightened tensions between Israel and the militant group Hamas that rules Gaza.

The main event on Saturday is being held in the West Bank city of Ramallah, where the internationally-backed Palestinian Authority is headquartered.

Some 700,000 Palestinians fled or were driven from their homes during the 1948 war – and today, they and their descendants number about 5.7 million and mostly reside in the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.

Conrad Duncan15 May 2021 10:18

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UAE ambassador expresses concern over ‘escalating spiral of violence’ in region

The United Arab Emirates’ ambassador to Israel has expressed concern over the “escalating spiral of violence” in Israel and Palestine, urging all sides to commit to a ceasefire.

“The UAE is alarmed by the escalating spiral of violence in Israel and Palestine,” H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed said.

“We express our condolences to all victims of the recent fighting, and join others in calling for an immediate cessation of violence and hostilities.

“The UAE calls on all parties to take immediate steps to commit to a ceasefire, initiate a political dialogue, and exercise maximum restraint.”

He added: “The events of the past week have been a somber reminder of the urgent need for peaceful dialogue and reconciliation.

“We reflect on the promise that the Abraham Accords hold for current and future generations, to live with their neighbors in peace, dignity and prosperity.”

Conrad Duncan15 May 2021 10:02

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Death toll from Israeli air raid rises to 10

The death toll from an Israeli air raid in Gaza City early on Saturday has risen to at least 10 Palestinians in the deadliest single strike this week.

An airstrike on a three-storey house in a refugee camp in the city is understood to have killed eight children and two women from an extended family.

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Demonstrators march in Australia to protest Israeli attacks on Gaza

Several thousand people have marched in Australia to protest against Israeli attacks on Gaza following days of conflict in the region.

In Sydney, protesters gathered at Town Hall to march through the streets, chanting slogans such as “Free, free Palestine” and “Free, free Gaza”.

“I see an uprising,” Walla Abu-Eid, a protester in Sydney, said. “I see people who are no longer going to remain silent. People who are fed up, people who are responding to oppression and violence by standing up for themselves.”

In Melbourne, protesters gathered at the State Library of Victoria and then marched to Parliament House, with many carrying “Free Palestine” posters.

At least 132 people have been killed in Gaza since Monday, including 32 children and 21 women, according to Palestinian medical officials.

Eight people have been killed in Israel, including six civilians, among them two children, according to Israeli authorities.

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Conrad Duncan15 May 2021 09:32

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