Does Hamas value human life

Media: Prominent Hamas military commander escaped targeted killings twice

Despite international calls for an end to the fighting, which has been going on for more than a week, the Israeli military and Hamas continued their attacks on Wednesday night. The Israeli Air Force bombed the Gaza Strip again. The houses of several Hamas fighters who served as command centers or weapons depots were destroyed, said the Israeli military.

Israeli artillery also fired on targets in the southern Gaza Strip early on Wednesday, eyewitnesses reported. Palestinian militants fired rockets at the cities of Ashdod, Ashkelon and Beersheba, and thousands of people sought refuge there in air raid shelters. Clashes also flared up in the occupied West Bank, where, according to the military, Israeli forces shot a Palestinian who was attempting to attack them with a rifle and improvised explosives. Another Palestinian was killed by Israeli forces during a demonstration in the West Bank, the Ministry of Health announced. The military said the soldiers came under fire and shot back.

Offensive continues

Israel announced a continuation of its offensive against Hamas and Islamic Jihad. An Israeli military spokesman admitted that the groups, with an estimated 12,000 rockets and mortar shells, "still have enough rockets to fire". The mutual attacks are now going on for the tenth day in a row, despite international calls for a ceasefire.

The Israeli army said that more than 3,450 rockets have been fired at Israel by Gaza ruling Hamas and other radical Palestinian groups since the fighting began. The military killed around 160 extremists with air strikes and artillery fire. The authorities in the Gaza Strip speak of 217 Palestinians killed, including 63 children. More than 1,400 people were injured. According to the authorities, twelve people were killed in Israel, including two children.

The worst fighting between Israel and radical Palestinians in years arose from clashes at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem. Tensions were exacerbated by plans to evacuate the homes of Palestinian families. The land is claimed by Jewish settlers. On Monday last week, Hamas set a deadline for the withdrawal of Israeli security forces from the mosque and, after the expiration, began rocket attacks.

Hamas military chief targeted

It became known that, according to media reports, an influential Hamas military chief escaped two targeted attempts at killing Israel during the most recent escalation. Israeli media reported on Wednesday that the Air Force attempted to target Mohammed Deif, head of the Hamas military arm, the Al-Qassam Brigades, in bombing. However, he fled at the last minute on both occasions.

Deif has been number one of the top terrorists on Israel's hit list for many years. He is accused of participating in numerous bloody attacks on Israelis. According to media reports, Deif has already lost an eye, an arm and both legs in attacks against Israel in the past.

In August 2014, during the last Gaza war, the Hamas leader's wife and two children were killed in an Israeli air strike in the Gaza Strip. Hamas immediately announced that Deif had survived. Most recently, Deif had become publicly active again for the first time in a long time and had threatened Israel in the context of the conflict over Jerusalem.

USA towards Erdoğan: "Reprehensible"

The US government has criticized statements by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan about the Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip as "anti-Semitic". "The United States strongly condemns the recent anti-Semitic remarks made by President Erdoğan about the Jewish people and considers them reprehensible," said State Department spokesman Ned Price in Washington on Tuesday.

"We call on President Erdoğan and other Turkish politicians to refrain from making inflammatory remarks that could incite further violence," added Price.

Erdoğan recently accused Israel of "terrorism" against the Palestinians and said that this was "in the nature" of the Israelis. "They are murderers, they kill children who are five or six years old. They are only satisfied when they suck their blood out," Erdoğan said. He also attacked US President Joe Biden for his support for Israel. Biden therefore has "bloody hands," said Erdoğan.

On Monday, the Turkish President also condemned the solidarity of the Austrian government with Israel in the conflict with the Palestinian Hamas with hearty words. (APA, dpa, red, May 19, 2021)