June 20, 2021

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The Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Hamas leader’s house bombed by Israeli forces

Hammas Leader House bombed

Israel carried out an air strike on a house near the Shati refugee camp in Gaza on Saturday (15th), killing at least 10 people. Palestinians in the area said they had not received any warning before being attacked. (AFP)

Hamas leader Yahya al-Sinwar's house in Gaza was bombed by the Israeli army, but there have been no reports of casualties. Since Monday, at least 153 people have been killed in Gaza, including 42 children. The UN Security Council is scheduled to meet later on Sunday to discuss the recent armed conflict. UN Secretary-General Guterres said: "Any indiscriminate killing of civilians and media structures violates international law and must be avoided at all costs"

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict entered its seventh day. Hamas leader Yahya al-Sinwar’s house in Gaza was bombed by the Israeli army, but there have been no reports of casualties.

Reuters reported that Sinwar, 59, was elected as the leader of Hamas in 2017 and was blacklisted by Israel for targeted removal. The Times of Israel reported that the Israel Defense Forces confirmed the bombing of the residence of Sinwar, a senior Palestinian Hamas official, in the Gaza Strip. The IDF calls it a “terrorist organization”.

At present, it is not clear whether Sinwar himself was at home at the time of the attack, and no casualties have been reported.

Gaza health officials said that since Monday, at least 153 people have been killed in Gaza, including 42 children. Israel reported 10 deaths, including two children.

The UN Security Council is scheduled to meet later on Sunday to discuss the recent armed conflict. UN Secretary-General Guterres said: “Any indiscriminate killing of civilians and media structures violates international law and must be avoided at all costs.”

Earlier on Saturday (15th), Israel carried out an air strike on a house near the Shati refugee camp in Gaza, killing at least 10 people. Palestinians in the area said they had not received any warning before being attacked. 

Several hours after this refugee building was bombed, another building where the Associated Press, Al Jazeera and other media were located was also attacked.

The Associated Press president and chief executive Pruitt confirmed that the Israeli army attacked and destroyed the building where the Associated Press and other news organizations are located in Gaza City. He said in the statement, “This shocked and horrified us. They knew our location a long time ago, and they knew that there were reporters stationed there. We were warned in advance that the building would be destroyed.”

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