- Israel Pounds Gaza with New Round of Strikes as Diplomatic Stalemate Persists
Israeli warplanes have unleashed a series of heavy airstrikes at several locations of Gaza City, as diplomatic efforts to end the conflict showed little sign of advancing.
Explosions rocked the city from north to south for 10 minutes early Monday. The airstrikes were heavier, on a wider area and lasted longer than a series of air raids 24 hours earlier in which 42 Palestinians were killed. That attack was the deadliest single attack in the latest round of violence between Israel ad the Hamas militant group that rules Gaza.
In a brief statement, the Israel Defense Forces says only that “IDF fighter jets are striking terror targets in the Gaza Strip.” The strikes came after the U.N. Security Council and Muslim nations convened emergency meetings Sunday to demand a stop to civilian bloodshed.
President Joe Biden gave no signs of pressuring Israel to agree to an immediate cease-fire despite new calls from some Democrats for the Biden administration to get more involved. His ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, told an emergency high-level meeting of the Security Council that the United States was “working tirelessly through diplomatic channels” to stop the fighting.