On the ninth day of fighting, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict rages on with no signs of abating despite renewed international calls for a cease-fire. Unrest and mob violence continues among the Palestinian Israeli community in cities across Israel, the worst unrest seen in years according to The New York Times, as Palestinian leaders call for a strike Tuesday.

  • As of Tuesday, 213 Palestinians, including 61 children and 36 women, have been killed by Israeli airstrikes, Gaza health officials told The Associated Press. Another 1,440 Palestinians have been wounded, the officials said.
  • So far, 12 Israelis, including one child, have been killed by Palestinian rocket fire, the AP reported.
  • At least 20 Israeli Palestinians have been killed over the last week by Israeli security forces during the unrest within Israel, The New York Times reported.

Israeli Defense Forces announced that they have hit more targets in Gaza this past week than they did in all of 2020. More Israeli civilians have died this week from Hamas rocket-fire than died in the entire 2014 Gaza War which lasted seven weeks, The New York Times said.

  • Rockets launched from Lebanon toward Israel Monday night with Israel returning fire, Fox News reported, but so far it is unclear who was behind the Lebanese launches.

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Monday night, Israeli airstrikes targeted the homes of Hamas military commanders and the metro tunnel system in Northern Gaza used by Hamas to move weapons, equipment and people. For the first night since fighting began, Hamas did not launch any rockets at Israel Monday night into Tuesday, CNN reported.

  • Rocket fire from Gaza began again Tuesday morning, hitting a packing plant and killing two workers, the AP reported.

In Gaza, new reports from the United Nations show the level of destruction suffered by Palestinians due to the weeklong barrage of Israeli airstrikes.

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In Israel, air raid sirens have continued in civilian areas of Ashdod, Ashkelon and Beer Sheva. Most of the 3,400 rockets fired from Hamas have been intercepted and destroyed mid-air by Israel’s advanced missile defense system, the Iron Dome.

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On Monday, President Joe Biden called for a cease-fire while speaking to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but stopped short of demanding an immediate end to the hostilities. So far, the Biden administration has not publicly criticized Israel, an ally. Rather, the administration says it is pursuing “quiet, intensive diplomacy,” the AP reports.

Efforts by Egypt and Qatar to broker a truce have stalled on two key issues, officials told CNN.

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The U.N. Security Council met again Monday but did not issue a joint statement condemning the violence, due to the U.S. continuing to block the statement, the AP reported. Following united calls for a cease-fire, officials of the European Union are meeting Tuesday to discuss how they can best pursue an end to the fighting.

  • Netanyahu vowed Monday to “continue to strike at the targets of terrorism,” CNN reported.