Israeli warplanes unleashed a new series of heavy airstrikes at several locations in Gaza City early on May 17, hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signaled the fourth war with Gaza’s Hamas rulers would rage on. This was reported by Associated Press.
Explosions rocked the city from north to south for 10 minutes in an attack that was heavier, on a wider area and lasted longer than a series of air raids 24 hours earlier in which 42 Palestinians were killed — the deadliest single attack in the latest round of violence between Israel and the Hamas militant group that rules Gaza. The earlier Israeli airstrikes flattened three buildings.
Local media reports said the main coastal road west of the city, security compounds and open spaces were hit in the latest raids. The power distribution company said airstrikes damaged a line feeding electricity from the only power plant to large parts of southern Gaza City.
As it was reported earlier, since the beginning of the armed conflict with the terrorists in the Gaza Strip (May 10), 3,100 missiles were launched at Israeli territory. At the same time, according to the monitoring of Israel Defense Forces, about 450 missiles fell within the territory of the Gaza Strip. Many failed launches inflicted damage, some led to victims among civilians.