Netanyahu vows to continue strikes in Gaza

Netanyahu vows to continue strikes
The remains of the multi-storey Al-Jalaa tower, which was home to various media organisations. Source: EPA
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Daily US Times: Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, has vowed to continue strikes ”forcefully” to rocket attacks as conflict with Palestinians in Gaza enters the seventh day.

Early on Sunday, Israeli air strikes in Gaza killed at least three Palestinians, according to health officials.

Hamas, a militant group from Gaza, fired rockets towards Israeli city of Tel Aviv, causing people there to flee to bomb shelters.

The international community has urged for an end to the escalating conflict.

US President Joe Biden on Sunday talked over phone with Mr Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to express concern about the situation.

A United Nations Security Council meeting is set to take place later on Sunday.

At least 148 people have been killed in Gaza since the fighting began on Monday, according to Palestinian officials, and Israel has reported 10 dead, including two children.

Dozens of militants are among the dead in Gaza, Israeli military said, while Palestinian health officials say its death toll includes 41 children.

Speaking in a televised address late on Saturday, Israeli Prime Minister Mr Netanyahu said the strikes will continue for “as long as necessary” and asserted that everything possible was being done to limit civilian casualties.

Mr Netanyahu said: “The party that bears the guilt for this confrontation is not us, it’s those attacking us.”

The flare-up of violence over the last six days came after weeks of increasing tensions between Israel and Palestine in East Jerusalem, which culminated in clashes at a holy site revered by both Muslims and Jews.

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