The Israel Defense Forces said Sunday it was continuing its “operations against Hamas’ leadership and infrastructure in northern Gaza.”
Demonstrators gathered in major cities around the world for the fourth straight weekend since the war began. Many protesters called for an end to Israel’s bombardment of Gaza as concerns over civilian casualties mount.
Israel has faced increased criticism after reports of airstrikes on a refugee camp and a caravan of ambulances this past week.
On Saturday, US President Joe Biden said “yes” when reporters asked if there has been progress on coaxing Israel into pausing its strikes on Gaza. He did not elaborate.
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has so far rejected calls for a cease-fire. He also faces growing pressure domestically as protesters gathered outside of his home Saturday, calling on him to resign.
At least 9,400 people have been killed in Gaza and tens of thousands more injured, according to the Hamas-run Health Ministry in Gaza. Israel has counted at least 1,400 dead, mostly during the terror attack by Palestinian militant group Hamas on Oct. 7.
UN agencies have warned that a disproportionate share of casualties have been women and children.
On Sunday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken departed Jordan and is due to stop in Turkey for further discussions on protecting civilians, humanitarian relief and reducing regional tensions.
Turkey has been critical of Israel and called for a cease-fire. Ankara also supports a two-state solution.