As the conflict with Palestinians in Gaza enters its seventh day, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to “continue to respond strongly” to rocket attacks.
According to health officials, Israeli air strikes in Gaza killed at least three Palestinians early Sunday.
Palestinian terrorists launched rockets at Tel Aviv, forcing residents to seek refuge in bomb shelters.
The international community has demanded that the dispute be brought to an end.
US President Joe Biden called Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday to express his concern about the situation.
A meeting of the UN Security Council is scheduled for later today, Sunday later.
According to Palestinian officials, at least 148 people have been killed in Gaza since the fighting began on Monday, while Israel has reported 10 deaths, including two children. Israel claims dozens of militants are among the dead in Gaza, while Palestinian health officials claim 41 children are among the dead.
In a televised address late Saturday, Netanyahu stated that the strikes would continue for “as long as necessary” and that every effort was being made to limit civilian casualties.
“The party that bears the guilt for this confrontation is not us, it’s those attacking us,” Netanyahu said.
The recent escalation of violence in East Jerusalem followed weeks of rising Israeli-Palestinian tensions, culminating in clashes at a holy site revered by both Muslims and Jews.
Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that rules Gaza, began firing rockets after Israel warned it to leave the area, prompting retaliatory air strikes.