Hamas fighters display weapons in Gaza after truce with Israel

Henrietta Brewer
May 31, 2021

Between 10 and 21 May, armed groups fired more than 4,300 rockets towards cities and towns across southern and central Israel, while Israeli forces carried out over 1,500 strikes from air, land and sea across Gaza.

This travesty makes a mockery of global law, Benjamin Netanyahu said.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas agreed with Egyptian intelligence chief Abbas Kamel to hold meetings between the secretaries-general of Palestinian factions in Cairo in effort to unite their ranks.

The Egyptian foreign ministry tweeted that the ministers' talks were "part of Egypt's relentless and continued efforts to revive the peace track and to build on the ceasefire in the Gaza Strip".

Ashkenazi also said Israel was "fully committed" to repatriating Israeli prisoners held by Hamas.

Rockets and other fire from Gaza claimed 12 lives in Israel, including one child and an Arab-Israeli teenager, medics said.

Israeli strikes on Gaza killed 254 Palestinians, including 66 children, health officials said.

Last week, Canada welcomed a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas that left hundreds of people dead.

The green flag of the Hamas militant group is flown at the top of piled-up debris in Gaza on May 22, 2021, after a cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas.

The Palestinian foreign minister, meanwhile, accused Israel of instituting "an apartheid system".

Hamas has pledged not to touch "a single cent" of worldwide aid to rebuild Gaza.

The statement from Netanyahu's office said he and Kamel also discussed "mechanisms and processes to prevent the strengthening of Hamas and its use of the resources that will be directed to the civilian population in the future".

The situation escalated further when Israeli security forces dispersed worshippers at the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.

"We are hoping to send a clear message to the United States government that the days of supporting the Israeli state without repercussions are over", one of the demonstrators, 39-year-old Washington lawyer Sharif Silmi, said as he stood in the crowd where many protesters held red, white, green and black Palestinian flags.

Referring to a special UNHRC session held the previous day, the statement said the United Nations rights body and its decision to establish a standing worldwide commission to investigate human rights violations represented global resolve to end systemic impunity and injustice and begin a process of meaningful accountability.

The outbreak of fighting also caused widespread destruction in the impoverished Palestinian territory.

Mohammed Elfarawi speaks to Khalid Sbitan, a human rights worker for Al Mezan Center for Human Rights in the severely damaged room that belonged to his son Adam who was killed when an airstrike targeted the apartment below prior to a cease-fire that halted an 11-day war between Gaza's Hamas rulers and Israel.

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