Israeli fighter jets continued to pound the Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing at least one Palestinian and injuring many more as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opposed the U.S. call to seek a crackdown and a passage to a cease-fire.
At least 227 Palestinians were killed in 11 days of violence. Among the dead were 64 children and 38 women.
On the Israeli side, 12 people were killed.
U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday discussed the events in Gaza with Netanyahu, telling the caretaker leader that he expected “a significant breakdown now on the way to a ceasefire”.
But shortly after Biden’s phone call, Netanyahu said he was “determined” to continue bombing Gaza until “Israel’s purpose is fulfilled”.
Diplomatic efforts for a crackdown between Israel and Hamas rulers in Gaza remain unabated, as the U.S. continues to block United Nations Security Council action on the issue.
Here are the latest updates:
Hamas official predicts a crackdown ‘within a day or two’
Moussa Abu Marzouk, a senior Hamas political official, predicted a ceasefire within a few days of Israel-Gaza escalation.
“I think the ongoing effort regarding the ceasefire will succeed,” he told al-Mayadeen TV in Lebanon. “I expect a ceasefire to come within a day or two, and a ceasefire on the basis of mutual consent.”
An Egyptian security source told Reuters that the sides agreed on the principle of a ceasefire after help from intermediaries but the details were discussed in secret.
A Palestinian was killed in Gaza
At least one Palestinian was killed and 13 others were injured in Israel’s latest airstrikes on Gaza, the Palestinian Wafaa news agency reported.
A Wafa reporter in Gaza said Israeli fighters jets were carrying a minimum of 30 air launches targeting the streets and homes of Gaza City, Jabalia and Khan Younis.
The attacks caused “significant damage” to the Saftawi highway, which connects Gaza City to the northern areas of the enclave, and damaged electricity, water and sanitary networks, the agency reported.
80 rockets were fired by Palestinian groups
Palestinian groups in Gaza fired 80 rockets and mortar shells at southern Israel between 7pm on Wednesday and 7am on Thursday, the Times of Israel reported, citing the Israeli military.
Israel’s air defense system deterred most of the rockets and there were no reports of injuries, according to the website.
The last rocket was launched at 1 a.m. local time, it added.
The US opposed France’s draft statement
Washington has opposed a proposed UN Security Council resolution, drafted in France, calling for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, according to the Associated Press news agency.
A spokesman for the U.S. mission to the UN reiterated Washington’s position that a public statement could interfere with Biden’s efforts to end the fight.
“We are clear and consistent that we are focused on intensive diplomatic efforts that have been concluded to end the violence and we will not support actions that we believe would undermine efforts to advance,” the AP spokesperson said of the condition. not introduction.
Diplomats said the rest of the 15-member body supported the French draft.
U.S. Democrats have urged Biden to pass the Israel-Palestine truce
More than 130 Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives have called on Biden to “expedite the immediate cessation of violence” between Israel and Hamas and “push both sides to quickly negotiate a stop-fire “.
“The choice is to unfold the tragedy of man who cannot imagine the scale,” according to the letter.
With more than 130 members of Congress, I urge @POTUS to demand an immediate ceasefire in Israel and Palestine.
There is no more life to be lost. pic.twitter.com/jEc2uZcgOS
– Rep. Mark Pocan (@repmarkpocan) May 19, 2021
Many Palestinians were injured in the Israeli attacks
At least nine Palestinians were injured in an Israeli attack on a house in the southern Gaza town of Khan Younis, medics agreed.
Eight others were injured in the air raid on a residential building in Jabalia in northern Gaza.
Israel has launched several air raids on Gaza
Israel continued to strike the Gaza Strip with airstrikes early Thursday.
Several loud explosions surrounded Palestinian territory, with bright orange flashes shining before dawn.
Israeli warplanes bombed Al-Saftawi street in Gaza. pic.twitter.com/YWsddgskjq
– GAZA TIME (@Timesofgaza) May 20, 2021
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