Clashes between Israel and Hamas continue for the fifth night in a row.
Israeli aircraft resumed airstrikes on targets in Gaza early on Saturday morning, local time. Hamas militants launched a rocket attack on Israel.
At least two people were killed in one of several airstrikes in the northern Gaza Strip, according to Palestinian medics.
Sirens sound in cities in southern Israel warning of rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip. The terrorist organization Hamas claimed responsibility for the rocket launch.
Palestinian medics said at least 128 people, including 31 children and 20 women, were killed and 950 others were injured.
Israel said eight people were killed, including a soldier patrolling the border with the Gaza Strip, and seven civilians, including two children.
Fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza is accompanied by clashes between Jews and Arabs, in connection with which the country’s authorities have warned of the risk of civil war.
The UN Security Council has agreed to hold a meeting to discuss the situation on Sunday. Earlier plans to organize the meeting were postponed due to objections from the United States.
On the eve of the Security Council meeting, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Israel and Palestine Affairs Hady Amr flew to Israel.
“The United States will continue to actively engage in diplomatic efforts at the highest level to reduce tensions, “US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield tweeted.
The Pentagon issued a statement reiterating “unwavering support for Israel’s legitimate right to defend itself and its people.”
The statement said Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin “strongly condemned the launch of rockets aimed at Israeli civilians by Hamas and other terrorist groups,” and stressed how important it is that “all parties involved take steps to restore calm.”
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken also condemned Hamas attacks on Israeli civilians, saying,”Israel has the right to defend itself” while the Palestinians should be given the right to “live in security”. Blinken also called for a de-escalation of the conflict. The State Department on Thursday asked US citizens to “reconsider” their plans to visit Israel.