The Israeli military and the Gaza-based Palestinian political and militant group Hamas engaged in the bloodiest conflict since the 2014 Gaza War last month, with the fighting claiming well over 250 lives and injuring thousands more.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh has accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of being “pathologically” driven to kill Palestinians even as his tenure as Israel’s leader appears to be running out.
According to UNRWA figures, over 250 people were killed in the 11 days of Israeli military strikes on Gaza, among them 67 children. The Israeli Defence Forces have presented their own figures, suggesting that “200+ terrorists” had been “neutralised” and pointing out that 13 people were also killed in israel proper after Hamas and its allies fired over 4,300 rockets into the country between 10 and 21 May.
Last month’s violence, which escalated into rocket and missile strikes following protests and riots inside Israel, began after Palestinians started protesting in East Jerusalem in anticipation of a decision by Israel’s Supreme Court to evict six Palestinian families from the community of Sheikh Jarrah. The Israeli police’s occupation of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound – one of the holiest sites in Islam, prompted Hamas to present Tel Aviv with an ultimatum to withdraw its forces from the Temple Mount and Sheikh Jarrah or face…