As the fighting continued unabated, international efforts to lower the level of the largest military confrontation between Israeli and Palestinian militants in seven years intensified on Sunday.
Two Western diplomats told the Financial Times that the United Nations Security Council, chaired by China, was seeking a moratorium in Egypt and Qatar to meet in New York when the only power plant in Gaza entered the Mediterranean enclave to provide fuel.
Since Hamas won the election in 2007, 2 million residents of Gaza have been blocked by Israel and Egypt. Israeli officials estimate that the fuel will be exhausted by Monday at the latest.
“The battle must stop. It must stop. The rockets and mortars on one side, the aerial bombardment on the other side must stop.
The explosion lasted for the seventh day. The Israeli military said it had attacked the houses of Hamas leader Yahyeh Sinwar and his brother. An Egyptian diplomat who learned of the situation during the talks told the Financial Times that the strike made the mediation work more complicated: “This has greatly increased the temperature.”
Sinwar was released from an Israeli prison in 2011 during an exchange of prisoners and has since risen to the top of the leadership of Hamas. An Israeli official called him the “biggest threat” to Israel from Gaza.
Hamas launched a homemade rocket in Tel Aviv at midnight on Saturday and a homemade rocket in a town near the Gaza Strip on Sunday morning.
Health officials in Gaza said the death toll in Gaza was 181, including 83 women and children.
Israel reported 10 deaths, including two children.
An aide of the Israeli government said that Israel will also convene a security cabinet meeting to discuss the long-term armistice proposed by Hamas. The military wants the Islamic organization to return the bodies of two soldiers. The aide said that the fate of the other two Israeli civilians detained in Gaza was also in jeopardy.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday night: “We are still carrying out this operation. The operation is not over yet. This operation will continue as long as necessary.”
Netanyahu defended the largest military operation against Hamas since the conflict between Israel and the Islamic organization in 2014, calling it a “war of justice and morality.” He added: “We are doing everything we can, but in order to avoid or limit as much harm as possible to civilians.”
Netanyahu’s comments came when Israel destroyed the “Jala” home and office building that hosted the U.S. News Agency, the Associated Press and the Qatar television network “Al Jazeera.” According to the White House, U.S. President Joe Biden said in a call to Netanyahu on Saturday that the bombing caused “concerns about the safety and security of journalists” and “reinforces the need to ensure their protection.”
“In recent years… The UN Security Council resolutions have not been implemented seriously, especially the Palestinians’ right to establish an independent state has been violated.” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi quoted China’s official media as saying.
It was relatively quiet in the occupied West Bank until Israeli security forces killed 11 Palestinians on Friday, and Arab demonstrators burned tires and threw Molotov cocktails at Israeli soldiers during night protests. Two Palestinians were killed overnight, including the Israeli army shooting in the abdomen.
Since the 1967 war, Israel has been occupying the territory. It is home to the Fatah faction of Hamas’s opponent, and is home to approximately 650,000 Jewish settlers, including at least 200,000 in East Jerusalem.
Israel also tried to quell Jewish and Arab riots across the country, arresting nearly 900 people.
Israeli Arabs make up about one-fifth of the population of the Jewish state, carry Israeli passports and enjoy the right to vote, but they say they are discriminated against.
The crisis broke out when the police used rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades against Palestinian demonstrators in the compound of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam. More than 600 Palestinians were injured.
The Al-Aqsa Mosque is located in a mosque. Both religions are sacred. The mosque is called the “Haram ash-Sharif” or sanctuary of nobles by Muslims, and the “Temple Mount” by Jews. (Temple Mount). Since Monday, Hamas has launched more than 2,500 rockets to Israel.
Other reports by Primrose Riordan in Hong Kong