Israel launched a series of heavy airstrikes early Monday in several locations in Gaza City as the regional conflict entered its second week.
Explosions rocked the city for 10 minutes in an attack that was heavier, reached a wider area, and lasted longer than a series of airstrikes 24 hours earlier.
The attacks came after UN Security Council diplomats and Muslim foreign ministers gathered on Sunday to demand an end to the civilian bloodshed. President Joe Biden has yet to step up public pressure on Israel to reach a ceasefire deal as some Democrats have called on the Biden administration to get more involved.
House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, urged Biden on Sunday to step up pressure from both sides.
- Israel views Jerusalem in its entirety as its capital, while the Palestinians want East Jerusalem to be the capital of a future state.
- Hostilities have escalated several times over the past week, marking the worst fighting in the territory since Israel’s devastating war with Hamas in 2014.
“I think the administration needs to push Israel and the Palestinian Authority harder to end the violence, establish a ceasefire, end these hostilities and resume a process to try to resolve this. long-standing conflict, ”Schiff said. CBS’s “Face the Nation”.
Sunday air raids killed at least 42 Palestinians. It has been described as the deadliest single attack in the latest wave of violence between Israel and the militant Hamas group that rules Gaza.
Hamas also launched rockets from civilian areas of Gaza into civilian areas in Israel. At least one of the rockets hit a synagogue in the southern town of Ashkelon hours before evening services for the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, Israeli emergency services said. No injuries were reported.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that there was no clear end in sight to the violence.
“It will take time,” he told the CBS program.
Netanyahu added that Israel “wants to impose a heavy price” on the militant group Hamas.
At least 122 Palestinians, including 55 children and 33 women, have been killed in recent clashes, and around 1,230 have been injured, according to reports. At least eight people have been killed in Israel, including a 5-year-old boy and a soldier.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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