Palestinians killed in clashes with Israeli soldiers in West Bank: ministry

A Palestinian man walks past a tower building which was destroyed in Israeli air strikes amid a flare-up of Israeli Palestinian violence in Gaza City May 12. — Reuters

At least 120 Palestinians have been killed, including more than 30 children, and close to 1,000 wounded since Monday, while six Israeli civilians, including two children, have died from the Hamas attacks.

Biden said Thursday he had not seen a "significant overreaction" from Israel in response to Hamas' rocket attacks, and that they had been "indiscriminately fired into population centers".

Israel's army said it "neutralized" an assailant who attempted to stab at soldier at a military post in Ofra, north of Ramallah.

Seven Palestinians were killed by Israeli army fire in the West Bank on Friday, Palestinian health officials have said.

Dozens of rockets were fired from Gaza towards the southern Israeli coastal cities of Ashdod and Ashkelon, and in the vicinity of Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport.

In a notice to lawmakers obtained by The Associated Press, the U.S. Agency for International Development said the $10 million would go to support "people-to-people efforts to bring together conflict-affected groups to address divisions that may be rooted in group differences such as ethnicity, religion, status, class, or political affiliation in areas affected by conflict and civil war".

Turmoil from the battle between Israel and Hamas spilled over into the West Bank on Friday, sparking the most widespread Palestinian protests in years as hundreds of young demonstrators in multiple towns clashed with Israeli troops, who shot and killed at least 11 people. But Israel turned down an Egyptian proposal for a one-year truce that Gaza's militant Hamas rulers had accepted, an Egyptian official said Friday on condition of anonymity to discuss the negotiations.

Israel has responded with air and artillery strikes on more than 600 targets in the blockaded enclave.

A spokesperson for Israel's embassy in Washington, Elad Strohmayer, said in a VOA Persian interview that Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Gilad Erdan will tell the Security Council meeting that Israel has been trying to minimize civilian casualties among Palestinians as it fights Hamas.

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Ndung'u warned the South African Covid-19 modelling consortium was predicting the third wave might be worse than the second one. But the closure was extended for another two weeks on Saturday, hours after the Indian variant was detected in Bangladesh.

In a 40-minute, pre-dawn offensive, at least 13 Palestinians were killed, including a mother and her three children whose bodies were pulled from the rubble of their home, health officials in Gaza said.

Palestinians were also outraged after Israeli security forces entered the al-Aqsa mosque, disrupting worshippers with stun grenades. He said the aim is to get a "significant reduction in attacks, particularly rocket attacks". They would need the support of an Arab party, whose leader has said he can not negotiate while Israel is fighting in Gaza. He called the effort "a work in progress".

Relentless rocket fire and rioting in mixed Jewish-Arab towns fuelled growing fears on Wednesday that deadly violence between Israel and Palestinians could spiral into "full-scale war".

The Israeli military said it targeted a tunnel holding Hamas military equipment, along with reported rocket launch sites.

Hamas has showed no signs of backing down.

There were pro-Palestinian protests in Jordan, Bangladesh and elsewhere, but the broader picture across the Islamic world, where Muslims are marking the Eid al-Fitr holiday and where restrictions on movement due to COVID-19 are in place in some countries, was noticeably muted.

The current eruption of violence began a month ago in Jerusalem. Violence has now spread to other regions where Jews and Arabs live side by side.

The disturbances, in which riot police had repeatedly clashed with Palestinians, has been driven by anger over the looming evictions of Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of east Jerusalem.

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