Calling for an immediate end to the offensive, Blinken said the US could not continue to oppose France’s efforts at the UN Security Council for a resolution calling for a ceasefire.
In his response, Ashkenazi said Israel still has military objectives it wants to achieve in Gaza before it can end its attacks Middle East Monitor, Friday (21/5/2021).
“I spoke with @IsraelMFA @Gabi_Ashkenazi about efforts to end violence in Israel and the West Bank and Gaza, which has claimed the lives of Israeli and Palestinian civilians including children. The US hopes to see de-escalation on the path to a ceasefire,” Blinken tweeted yesterday. .
More than 130 Democratic Party members in the US House of Representatives signed a letter calling on Biden to facilitate an immediate end to Israeli violence.
“Too many people have died. Many more unnecessarily will perish if America does not act as quickly as this violence demands,” the letter reads.
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Meanwhile, members of Congress appealed to the US to stop arms sales to Israel due to the onslaught in Gaza.
About 230 Palestinians died in the 11 days of Israeli bombardment. 1,700 others were injured. Twelve Israelis also died.
Later Israel and Hamas agreed to a ceasefire in the early hours of Friday and took effect at midnight.
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