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Israel-Palestine Conflict Highlights: US President Joe Biden expressed support for a ceasefire but stopped short of demanding an immediate stop to fighting
Israel-Palestine Conflict Highlights: The conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants continues to escalate. In a phone call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, United States President Joe Biden reportedly expressed support for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, but stopped short of demanding an immediate stop to the eight days of Israeli airstrikes and Hamas rocket
barrages. Hamas, the Islamist group that controls Gaza, launched the rocket attacks last week, in retaliation for Israeli police clashes with Palestinians near al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam's third holiest site, in East Jerusalem. According to Israel’s defence forces, more than 2,000 rockets had been fired from Gaza into Israel since the start of the conflict, around half of them intercepted by the ‘Iron Dome’ air defence systems. Civil unrest between Jews and Arabs in Israel itself dealt a strong blow to efforts by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's opponents to unseat the Israeli leader after a series of inconclusive elections, giving rise to expectations that Israelis will go to the polls for an unprecedented fifth time in just over two years.
Two Israeli soldiers walk around an artillery unit, at the Israel-Gaza border on May 16, 2021 (Image: AP Photo/Heidi Levine)