Casualties in Israeli-Palestinian conflict
May 18, 2021 - More than 200 people were killed in Israel and the occupied territories in the first week of the latest hostilities, the vast majority of them Palestinians killed by Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip.
Heavy fighting broke out May 10 when Gaza's militant Hamas rulers fired long-range rockets toward Jerusalem in support of Palestinian protests against Israel’s heavy-handed policing of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, a flashpoint site sacred to Jews and Muslims, and the threatened eviction of dozens of Palestinian families by Jewish settlers.
At least 212 Palestinians have been killed in heavy airstrikes since in the Gaza Strip, including almost 100 women and children, with more than 1,440 people wounded, according to the Gaza Health Ministry.
Twelve people in Israel, including a 5-year-old boy and a soldier, have been killed in the ongoing rocket attacks launched from civilian areas in Gaza toward civilian areas in Israel.
The fighting is the most intense since a 2014 war between Israel and Hamas, but efforts to halt it have so far stalled. Egyptian mediators are trying to negotiate a cease-fire, but the U.S. has stopped short of demanding an immediate stop to the hostilities and Israel has so far vowed to press on