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More than 25 bodies of Palestinians removed from debris in Gaza following Israel's attack

Israel carries on its airstrikes on Gaza, on 16 May, 2021 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Israel carries on its airstrikes on Gaza, on 16 May, 2021 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

The death toll from Israeli attacks on the blockaded Gaza Strip rose to 181, including 31 women and 52 children on Sunday, according to official and Anadolu Agency figures.

Despite international outrage over its deadly raids, Israel continued its attacks on Gaza overnight Saturday into Sunday.

In a statement, the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza said 26 Palestinians, including 10 women and eight children, lost their lives in attacks carried out by Israel since midnight. The number of injured has reached 1,225.

Meanwhile, Enver Ataullah, the ministry's Arab and Turkish relations officer, told Anadolu Agency that the attacks caused great destruction, and their continued heavy death toll has left no room in morgues.

Tensions spread from East Jerusalem to Gaza after Palestinian resistance groups there vowed to retaliate against recent Israeli assaults on the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood if they were not halted.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem, where Al-Aqsa is located, during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. It annexed the entire city in 1980 in a move never recognized by the international community.

READ: Israeli strikes destroy 40 streets, junctions in Gaza

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