June 12, 2021

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LIVE UPDATES: Calls for Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire mount as violence continues – Fox News

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Israel launched a series of heavy airstrikes early Monday at several locations of Gaza City as the regional conflict moved into 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 air raids 24 hours earlier.

The attacks occurred after U.N. Security Council diplomats and Muslim foreign ministers convened Sunday to demand a stop to civilian bloodshed. President Joe Biden has yet to step up public pressure on Israel to reach a ceasefire agreement despite some Democrats calling for the Biden administration to get more involved.

House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., urged Biden on Sunday to step up pressure on both sides.

FAST FACTS

    • Israel regards Jerusalem in its entirety as its capital, while the Palestinians want east Jerusalem to be the capital of a future state.
    • The hostilities have repeatedly escalated over the past week, marking the worst fighting in the territory since Israel and Hamas’ devastating 2014 war.

“I think the administration needs to push harder on Israel and the Palestinian Authority to stop the violence, bring about a cease-fire, end these hostilities, and get back to a process of trying to resolve this long-standing conflict,” Schiff told CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

The air raids on Sunday killed at least 42 Palestinians. It was described as the deadliest single attack in the latest round of violence between Israel and the Hamas militant group that rules Gaza.

Hamas also launched rockets from civilian areas in Gaza toward civilian areas in Israel. At least one of the rockets slammed into a synagogue in the southern city of Ashkelon just hours before evening services for the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, Israeli emergency services said. No injuries were reported.

On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said there was no clear end in sight to the violence.

“It will take some time,” he said on the CBS program. 

Netanyahu added that Israel “wants to levy a heavy price” on the Hamas militant group.

At least 122 Palestinians, including 55 children and 33 women, have been killed in the recent clashes, and around 1,230 were wounded, reports said. 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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