#MiddleEast

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
Anthony Blinken previously serves as the deputy Secretary of State under President Barack Obama. (Photo Credit: AFP)

  • State Department official Hady Amr will travel to Middle East
  • Blinken urged for peace in the Israel-Palestine region
  • US President Joe Biden later defended Israel's right to self defense

.Jerusalem, Israel
Smoke caused by Israeli airstrikes are seen at a residential building in Gaza City, early Wednesday. (Photo Credit: AP/PTI)

  • At least 35 Palestinians and five Israelis have died in the recent escalation
  • Several factors added up and resulted in the tensions, escalated by rocket attacks and airstrikes
  • Jerusalem has largely been the flashpoint in the Israel-Palestine conflict

.Gaza Strip
Rockets are launched from Gaza Strip to Israel, Tuesday, May 11, 2021. (AP/PTI Photo)

Hamas Islamists said they had launched 130 rockets towards the Israeli city of Tel Aviv on Tuesday in retaliation for an air strike that levelled a 12-storey building in Gaza.

.Jerusalem, Israel
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  • Hamas, an Palestinian Islamist militant group based in the Gaza Strip, have fired a barrage of rockets at Israel, killing at least two women in Ashkelon, a coastal city just north of Gaza. 

.Jerusalem, Israel
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves to his supporters after the first exit poll results for the Israeli parliamentary elections. (Photo Credit: AP/PTI)

  • At least 30 people have been killed as Israel and Hamas exchanged heavy fire
  • On the Palestinian side, 10 children were among 28 people killed in the blockaded Gaza Strip
  • On the Israeli side, rockets killed two women in Ashkelon, just north of Gaza

.Jerusalem, Israel
Palestinians evacuate a wounded man during clashes with Israeli security forces at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City. (Photo Credit: AP/PTI)

  • "We have started, and I repeat started, to attack military targets in Gaza," Israeli army spokesman said
  • Islamist movement Hamas fired rockets at Israel amid violence sparked by unrest at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque
  • The Palestinian Red Crescent put the toll from Monday's clashes at 305 injured

.Jerusalem, Israel
Tensions in Jerusalem have soared in recent weeks. (Photo credit: AFP)

  • Clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces in Jerusalem wounded over 200 people
  • The US, Russia, the EU and the UN have expressed "deep concern" over the violence
  • The Quartet has been more active since US President Joe Biden took office

A man weeps at the funeral of Rabbi Eliezer Goldberg, who died during Lag BaOmer celebrations at Mt. Meron in northern Israel, in Jerusalem on Friday, April 30, 2021. (AP/PTI Photo)

  • 45 were killed in a stampede at a Jewish pilgrimage site in Israel on Thursday
  • The youngest victim was 9 years old
  • At least 16 of the 45 killed were 19 or younger

.Israel
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  • At least 44 people have died in a stampede after a grandstand collapsed at a Jewish pilgrimage site in north Israel
  • At least tens of thousands of Jews were participating in the feast of Lag BaOmer
  • After midnight, a grandstand collapsed, creating scenes of panic and stampede

.Riyadh Saudi Arabia
The missiles were fired and drones sent from Yemen's Sa'ada province. (Photo Credit: Representative Image/Unsplash)

  • Saudi air defence intercepted five ballistic missiles and four drones deployed by Yemeni rebels
  • "Debris fell on the campus of Jizan University," a Saudi spokesman said
  • Saudi authorities did not confirm any attacks on oil facilities