The Israel-Gaza conflict continues to escalate; rockets reported in Lebanon

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After more than a week of fighting, calls from the major powers for calm and growing casualties, the conflict between Israel and Hamas continued to escalate on Tuesday amid reports of rockets being launched as well. from Lebanon.

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“On Monday May 17 at around 11:30 pm, UNIFIL detected rocket fire from the Rashaya Al Foukhar general area north of Kfar Chouba in Lebanon,” tweeted the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, according to the Washington Post. “IDF [Israeli Defense Forces] returned artillery fire directed at the location from which the rocket came. “

Israel said the half-dozen rockets from southern Lebanon never reached Israeli territory and it is not known which group was behind the launches. The New York Times reported that Hamas fired 3,350 missiles and killed nine civilians in Israel and at least one soldier.

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The newspaper, citing health officials in Gaza, reports that at least 212 Palestinians have been killed in the conflict, including 61 children. The UN said at least 800,000 people did not have access to safe drinking water, according to the report.

President Joe Biden expressed support for a ceasefire between Israel and militant Hamas leaders in Gaza during an appeal to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, but stopped before demanding the shutdown the immediate eight days of Israeli airstrikes and Hamas rocket barrages that killed more than 200 people, most of them Palestinians.

Biden’s carefully worded statement, in a White House reading of his second known appeal to Netanyahu in three days as the attacks continued, came with the administration under pressure to respond more forcefully despite its determination to hijack it. attention of US foreign policy in the Middle East. Conflicts.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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