Israel rules out timeframe for ending airstrikes against Palestine.

Written by on May 19, 2021

Israel is not planning to set a timeframe for an end to hostilities with Gaza, as its military pounded the Palestinian enclave with air strikes and Hamas militants unleashed new cross-border rocket attacks.

In a sign of diplomatic movement, however, an Egyptian security source said the two sides had agreed to a ceasefire in principle after help from mediators, but details were being negotiated in secret amid public denials of a deal to prevent it from collapsing.

Palestinian medical officials said two hundred and nineteen people had now been killed in ten days of aerial bombardments which destroyed roads, buildings and other infrastructure, and worsened the humanitarian situation in Gaza.

Israeli authorities put the death toll in their country at twelve, where repeated rocket attacks have caused panic and sent people rushing into shelters, with Regional and U.S.-led diplomatic efforts to secure a ceasefire intensifying, but so far failing.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who made no mention of any halt to the fighting in public remarks at a briefing to foreign ambassadors to Israel, said his country was engaged in what he called “forceful deterrence” to prevent future conflict with Hamas.


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