Israel and Palestinian militant groups in Gaza again exchanged fire overnight into the early hours of Wednesday, reports the BBC.
“Diplomatic efforts to end the violence have met with little success.
“France has filed a draft resolution with the UN Security Council, in coordination with Egypt and Jordan, calling for a ceasefire.
“Earlier on Tuesday, Israel briefly opened a border crossing into Gaza to allow a convoy of aid to enter. However, the crossing was closed again after it came under fire from Palestinian mortars and rockets,” reads the article.
Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that runs Gaza, had been dealt “unexpected blows” and operations would “continue for as long as it takes to restore calm” for all Israeli citizens, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.
WATCH: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's remarks, following an assessment of the situation at IDF Southern Command headquarters and a tour of the Hatzerim Air Force Base. pic.twitter.com/G7ne1xlDnq
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At least 215 people, including almost 100 women and children, have been killed in Gaza so far. In Israel, 12 people, including two children, have been killed.
Source: The BBC