At least 35 people were killed in Gaza while over 5 casualties were reported from the Israeli side after hostilities between the Israeli armed forces and Hamas escalated further on May 12 morning. Israel carried out hundreds of airstrikes in Gaza today morning, as the Islamist group and other Palestinian militant groups fired multiple rocket barrages at Tel Aviv and Beersheba.
In Gaza, one multi-story residential building, whose occupants were warned in advance by Israel to evacuate, collapsed and another was heavily damaged after they were repeatedly hit by Israeli air strikes.
Israel said its warplanes had targeted and killed several Hamas intelligence leaders early on May 12. Other strikes hit what the military said were rocket launch sites, Hamas offices and the homes of Hamas leaders.
It was the heaviest offensive between Israel and Hamas since a 2014 war in Gaza and prompted international concern that the situation could spiral out of control. Gazans homes shook and the sky lit up from Israeli attacks, outgoing rockets and Israeli air defence missiles intercepting them. At least 30 explosions were heard within a matter of minutes just after dawn on May 12.
“Israel has gone crazy,” said one man on a Gaza street, where people ran out of their homes as explosions rocked the city.
According to the media reports, Many Israelis also spent a sleepless night, with sirens sounding at 3 a.m. in Tel Aviv, heralding several waves of rocket strikes in Israel’s heartland.
U.N. Middle East peace envoy Tor Wennesland said the United Nations was working with all sides to restore calm. He took to twitter and wrote, “Stop the fire immediately. We’re escalating towards a full-scale war. Leaders on all sides have to take the responsibility of de-escalation.
“The cost of war in Gaza is devastating & is being paid by ordinary people. UN is working w/ all sides to restore calm. Stop the violence now,” he added.