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Israel imposes state of emergency in Lod city, and mass protests continue

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Palestinian militants fired more than 1,000 rockets towards central and southern Israel
13:00, 12 May 2021

BBC.com

Israel has declared a state of emergency in the central city of Lod, as a conflict between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants intensified. BBC reports this.

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It should be noted that protests by Israeli Arabs broke out in Lod, a city near Tel Aviv, and escalated to full-scale rioting, with protesters throwing rocks at police, who responded with stun grenades. The protests followed the funeral of an Israeli Arab man who died during unrest in the city a day earlier.

According to the Israeli army, more than 1,000 rockets have been fired towards central and southern Israel by Palestinian militants since Monday evening, when hostilities suddenly escalated. Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and other cities in central Israel came under fire.

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At the same time, according to Newsru, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) continues to conduct an anti-terrorist operation in the Gaza Strip, codenamed as Wall Guard (Shomer Ahomot), which began after a massive rocket attack on Israeli territory on May 11.

A rocket attack on May 11 killed three people in Israel. One woman was killed in the shelling of Rishon LeZion and two in Ashkelon. An Indian citizen who worked as a caretaker for an elderly woman was among the dead. Dozens of Israelis were injured.

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As of 10 a.m., a state of emergency has also been declared in Sderot and its environs due to the danger of terrorists entering the Gaza Strip. Residents were ordered not to leave their homes.

At the same time, the press service of the Israeli military forces reported that the IDF attacked the houses belonging to the leaders of the militants of the terrorist organization Hamas in response to the constant shelling of Israeli territory. According to the IDF, the attacks were carried out on the homes of "Brigadier General" Bassam Issa in Gaza City, "Brigadier General" Rafa Salame in Khan Yunis, and the head of Hamas military intelligence, Muhammad Yazuri.

The fighting between Israel and Hamas was triggered by days of escalating clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police at a holy hilltop compound in East Jerusalem.

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As it was reported earlier, on late May 11, a huge missile attack occurred in Tel Aviv and its vicinities. HAMAS movement claimed the responsibility, stating that 130 missiles were fired in the direction of the Israeli capital city. According to the outlet, the alarm sirens blared in practically every large settlement in Israel, as the rockets fell in the downtown of Tel Aviv and its suburbs; it became arguably the largest missile attack on Israel so far. The shooting began at about 8.45 p.m. local time. The missiles fell in several central districts of the country. Some projectiles hit their targets, but most of the rockets were downed by the anti-missile defense system, the Iron Dome.

According to Aviv Kochavi, Chief of the General Staff of the IDF, the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) landed attacks on more than 500 targets in the Gaza Strip, killing dozens of Palestinian militants. 

And the UN Security Council is going to convene on a session on May 12 to discuss the situation in the zone of Israel-Palestine conflict. 

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