Violence a daily reality as world leaders push for Israel-Gaza cease-fire
Another day of loud booms and deadly weaponry plummeting from the sky wracked Israel and Gaza on Sunday, with fresh casualties reported on both sides of a conflict that international leaders scrambled to end.
Rescuers pulled the bloodied bodies of children from the wreckage of a Gaza home Sunday after what the territory’s Hamas rulers said was an Israeli airstrike. Earlier, a rocket struck a car in the Israeli town of Ofakim, injuring an unspecified number of people, the Israel Defense Forces reported. Another hit a woman’s carport while she was inside her house in Ashkelon. It was the latest violence in what has become a daily nightmare for millions in the region.
The fighting puts Gaza’s 1.7 million residents and millions of Israelis in harm’s way and threatens to cause “huge” upheaval in the region, according to Tony Blair, envoy for the Middle East Quartet. Egypt and France were attempting to broker a cease-fire, and an Arab League delegation plans to visit Gaza on Tuesday, a spokesman said.