Urgent Updates From Israel

Smoke rises after an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City, Tuesday, May 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

Violence is once again spreading through Jewish-Arab towns this evening, despite the massive deployment of police and Border Police in such cities to maintain the peace. In Acre, a Jewish man aged around 30 has been seriously wounded after being pelted with rocks by Arab rioters. He suffered a head injury.

The security cabinet has approved an escalation of military strikes in Gaza, Channel 12 reports. The network says Israel is now expected to strike symbols of Hamas’s rule in Gaza, including, for instance, the terror group’s Treasury building.

The Republican National Committee releases a statement strongly supporting Israel’s right to defend itself against Hamas

President Biden says he has spoken to Israeli PM Netanyahu about the conflict in the region. Biden said: “My expectation and hope this will be closing down sooner than later. Israel has a right to defend itself when you have thousands of rockets flying into your territory.”

A young boy who was critically wounded by a rocket strike in Sderot earlier has died. Six-year-old Ido Avigal succumbed to his injuries after rocket shrapnel entered the family’s fortified room through the window. Avigal’s mother and seven-year-old sister were both hurt as well. They are currently hospitalized.

*BREAKING:* Two Palestinian terrorists were just shot dead at the Tapuach Junction while attempting to carry out a terror attack. Some reports say it was an attempting shooting attack, while others say it was an attempted car-ramming attack

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to reaffirm America’s support for Israel’s right to defend itself from Hamas rocket attacks from Gaza

United Airlines, Delta and American Airlines have all temporarily suspended flights to Israel after Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport came under sustained rocket attack on Tuesday evening

*IDF SOLDIER KILLED BY HAMAS TERROR:* Hamas fired a Kornet anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) from the Gaza Strip into Israel on Wednesday morning, hitting a jeep and critically injuring four IDF soldiers near the border town of Netiv Ha’asara. One soldier passed away a short while later. The soldier was later identified as First Sergeant Omar Tabib, z”l, 21, a combat soldier in the 931st Battalion of the Nachal Brigade from Elyakim.

*BREAKING: :* Massive rocket barrage on southern and central Israel after the Al-Shorouk Tower in Gaza was destroyed by IDF airstrikes.   At least 4 injured following a rocket impact to a residential building in Sderot, 1 seriously.   Impacts reprted in Ashkelon, as well as surrounding areas.

*TRAGIC: SDEROT UPDATE:* A 6-year-old boy was killed after a rocket reportedly managed to penetrate his bomb shelter in a residential building. 6 others are injured, including a women in serious condition following a barrage of over 130 rockets fired from Gaza.

Israeli fighter jets have demolished al-Shourouk tower in Gaza City, after repeatedly warning those inside to leave.  This is the third high-rise building, containing more than 10 stories, to be destroyed by the Israel Defense Forces in this current round of fighting.

*BREAKING: NETANYAHU:* “A short while ago we assassinated senior commanders in the Hamas General Staff, including the Gaza Brigadier General and other senior terrorists. This is just the beginning.”