Biden demands Israel-Gaza ceasefire

Biden demands Israel-Gaza ceasefire
US President Joe Biden has voiced his support for a good ceasefire immediately after eight days of violence between Israel and Palestinian militants found in Gaza.

Mr Biden told Israeli Primary Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the US was working with Egypt and additional countries on halting hostilities.

However the US again blocked a UN Security Council assertion contacting for a cessation of violence.

The conflict is currently in its second week, with little sign of ending.

At least 212 people, including 61 children, have died in Gaza, and 10, including two children, in Israel.

Israel says most of those killed in Gaza are militants and that any civilian deaths are unintentional.

But Hamas, the militant group that runs the territory, disputes this.

According to a White House statement, Mr Biden "motivated Israel to create every effort to guarantee the protection of innocent civilians".

"Both leaders discussed improvement in Israel's military businesses against Hamas and different terrorist organizations in Gaza," it added.

President Biden "expressed his support for a ceasefire and discussed US engagement with Egypt and other partners towards that end", it said.

The violence has prompted increasing concern internationally.

Environment leaders and humanitarian organisations contain called for measures to prevent the deaths of residents and the chaos wrought by the destruction of buildings and infrastructure.

The US has - for the third time - blocked efforts at the UN Reliability Council to issue a statement contacting Israel to avoid its military offensive, stressing instead its diplomatic efforts.

"Our calculation here is that having those conversations behind the scenes ... is the most constructive methodology we can take," White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki advised reporters.
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