Satellite photos show leveled buildings and plumes of smoke in Gaza after Israel’s airstrikes

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A satellite view of buildings destroyed after airstrikes in Gaza City, taken on May 12, 2021. Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies
  • Satellite images of Gaza City show the aftermath of Israel’s airstrikes.
  • They show leveled buildings and plumes of smoke after attacks Israel says were targeting Hamas.
  • This week, Israel has launched airstrikes into Gaza, and militants have fired rockets into Israel.
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Satellite images show flattened buildings and plumes of smoke in Gaza City, Gaza, after airstrikes from Israel.

Israel has leveled buildings in Gaza this week that it says were used by Hamas, the dominant militant group in the territory.

This photo shows a multistory building in Gaza City leveled:

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A satellite view of a multistory building destroyed by airstrikes in Gaza City, Gaza, on May 12, 2021. Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies

This photo shows the view over southern Israel and Gaza:

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A satellite view of southern Israel and Gaza taken on May 12, 2021. Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies

And this photo shows smoke rising from buildings in Gaza City destroyed by airstrikes:

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A satellite view of buildings destroyed after airstrikes in Gaza City, taken on May 12, 2021. Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies

All photos were taken Wednesday.

Israel and Hamas have exchanged air attacks this week, with Israel launching airstrikes and militants in Gaza firing hundreds of rockets.

Most of those injured or killed have been on the Palestinian side. Palestinian medical officials have said at least 103 people – including 27 children – have been killed in the past four days, Reuters reported Friday.

An estimated 90% of the rockets fired into Israel were blocked by the country’s Iron Dome defense system, but some still got through. Seven people in Israel have been reported dead.

As Insider’s John Haltiwanger reported, human-rights groups are questioning whether Israel’s targeting of large buildings violates international law.

Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz suggested on Thursday that the strikes would escalate: “The army will continue to attack to bring a total, long-term quiet. Only when we reach that goal will we be able to speak about a truce.”

Israel also moved ground troops to its border with Gaza on Thursday, and the Israel Defense Force said early Friday that it had started attacking Gaza, though it said troops had not entered the territory.