Join +750K new investors every month who copy stock picks from billionaire's portfoliosSign Up Free

Israel Intensifies Gaza Strikes, Killing At Least 28 Palestinians, As US Envoy Meets With Netanyahu To Prevent Full-Scale Assault

Published 19/05/2024, 17:12
© Reuters.  Israel Intensifies Gaza Strikes, Killing At Least 28 Palestinians, As US Envoy Meets With Netanyahu To Prevent Full-Scale Assault

Benzinga - by Bibhu Pattnaik, Benzinga Staff Writer.

The Israeli military has intensified its strikes across the Gaza Strip, coinciding with a visit from White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday.

What Happened: Israeli planes and tanks have been targeting various locations in Gaza. This escalation comes as Sullivan is anticipated to persuade Israel to concentrate its military efforts on Hamas militants rather than initiating a full-scale attack on the southern Gaza city of Rafah, reported Reuters.

Israel has been pushing into Rafah, seen as the last bastion of Hamas forces. This has led to hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fleeing the area.

Israeli forces have also ventured deeper into the narrow lanes of Jabalia in northern Gaza, an area they claim to have cleared earlier in the conflict.

Before Sunday's discussions, an Israeli official revealed that Netanyahu and his senior aides would discuss with Sullivan the necessity to continue the Rafah push, citing concerns about dozens of tunnels under Rafah allegedly used by Hamas for weapons and ammunition supply.

Also Read: Netanyahu Tells US Republicans Gaza War Will Continue, Days After Schumer's Speech

Amid the escalating conflict, at least 28 Palestinians were killed on Sunday, according to Gaza health officials and Hamas.

The Gaza Civil Emergency Service reported that rescue teams have so far recovered the bodies of 150 Palestinians killed by the army in recent days.

Why It Matters: This escalation follows the U.S. decision to pause a weapons shipment to Israel earlier this month, in an attempt to prevent a full-scale Israeli assault on Rafah.

This move was seen as a response to growing concerns over potential Israeli military action in Rafah.

However, the GOP-led House recently passed a bill to expedite weapons shipment to Israel, countering President Joe Biden's delay. Despite its passage, the act is not expected to become law.

Now Read: How The Israel-Hamas Conflict Could Impact Oil Markets

This content was partially produced with the help of Benzinga Neuro and was reviewed and published by Benzinga editors.

Photo: Shutterstock

© 2024 Benzinga.com. Benzinga does not provide investment advice. All rights reserved.

Read the original article on Benzinga

Latest comments

Risk Disclosure: Trading in financial instruments and/or cryptocurrencies involves high risks including the risk of losing some, or all, of your investment amount, and may not be suitable for all investors. Prices of cryptocurrencies are extremely volatile and may be affected by external factors such as financial, regulatory or political events. Trading on margin increases the financial risks.
Before deciding to trade in financial instrument or cryptocurrencies you should be fully informed of the risks and costs associated with trading the financial markets, carefully consider your investment objectives, level of experience, and risk appetite, and seek professional advice where needed.
Fusion Media would like to remind you that the data contained in this website is not necessarily real-time nor accurate. The data and prices on the website are not necessarily provided by any market or exchange, but may be provided by market makers, and so prices may not be accurate and may differ from the actual price at any given market, meaning prices are indicative and not appropriate for trading purposes. Fusion Media and any provider of the data contained in this website will not accept liability for any loss or damage as a result of your trading, or your reliance on the information contained within this website.
It is prohibited to use, store, reproduce, display, modify, transmit or distribute the data contained in this website without the explicit prior written permission of Fusion Media and/or the data provider. All intellectual property rights are reserved by the providers and/or the exchange providing the data contained in this website.
Fusion Media may be compensated by the advertisers that appear on the website, based on your interaction with the advertisements or advertisers.
© 2007-2024 - Fusion Media Limited. All Rights Reserved.