White House press secretary Jen Psaki says the Biden administration is using “quiet and intensive diplomacy” to try and halt the escalating violence between Israelis and Palestinians.
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But, the United States signaled it would not pressure the two sides for a cease-fire.
The Israeli military has unleashed a wave of heavy airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, saying it destroyed 15 kilometers of militant tunnels and the homes of nine Hamas commanders.
The strikes Monday came as international diplomats worked to end the war that has killed hundreds of people.
Israel has said it intends to press on for now with its attacks against Hamas, the militant group that rules Gaza.
The latest attacks destroyed the five-story building housing the Hamas-run Religious Affairs Ministry. They also killed a top Gaza leader of Islamic Jihad, another militant group whom the Israeli military blamed for some of the thousands of rocket attacks launched at Israel in recent days.