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Several others sustained minor injuries as Hamas sent new rockets toward residential communities in response to the deaths of a family of 10 in Gaza overnight from an Israeli airstrike, including eight children, The Times of Israel reported.
With warning sirens screaming throughout cities and towns as rockets flew, Israelis tweeted pictures of rockets being thwarted by Israel’s “Iron Dome” defense system.
Airstrikes continued to batter the Gaza Strip. The Israeli Defense Forces said it struck 20 rocket launchers that were aimed at central and southern Israel.
Diplomatic efforts aimed at stopping the worst violence between Israel and Hamas in more than six years are underway, and are expected to accelerate with US envoy Hady Amir on his way to the region.
But the hope for a ceasefire may be fleeting. “I don’t think he can do much, frankly speaking,” veteran Palestinian politician Hanan Ashrawi told the BBC. She pointed to a comment from Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week, who she claimed, “clearly said ‘mind your own business’ and Joe Biden waited for a whole week before he sent a third, fourth-level, not even a third, fourth-level civil servant and you think the Israelis are going to listen?”
From the Iron Dome interceptions over central Israel a short while ago pic.twitter.com/MbkTeXlEQW— Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian (@manniefabian) May 15, 2021
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