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Biden tells Netanyahu US backs ceasefire amid Israel-Palestine bombing blitz as bloody conflict stretches into 2nd week

JOE Biden expressed support for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas during a call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday.

The call comes after violence intensified over the weekend, with Israel carrying out an airstrike Sunday that killed at least 42 people.

"The President reiterated his firm support for Israel’s right to defend itself against indiscriminate rocket attacks," a statement from the White House said.

"The President welcomed efforts to address intercommunal violence and to bring calm to Jerusalem."

Biden also encouraged Netanyahu to make moves to "ensure the protection of innocent civilians," the statement said.

The two also discussed engaging Egypt and other allies in an attempt to curb additional violence.

The deadly conflict between Israel and Hamas entered its second week on Monday.

News of the call between the two leaders comes after it was revealed that the Biden administration approved the sale of $725million worth of precision-guided weapons to Israel just before the conflict broke out.

Congress was notified of the proposed sale on May 5, nearly a week before violence first erupted between Israeli forces and Hamas, the Washington Post reported.

The ongoing crisis in the region is the worst since the 2014 Hamas-Israeli war that lasted for nearly two months.

So far, at least 200 Palestinians and 10 Israelis have been killed in the conflict and a total of 1,300 have been injured.

At least 58 of those killed are reported to be children.

On Monday, Israeli warplanes launched a fresh bombardment of airstrikes in Gaza, targeting the homes of Hamas leaders and tunnels used by the militant group in a flurry of explosions across a period of 20 minutes.

Dozens of Israeli jets bombed more than nine miles of Hamas' tunnel system - known as "the Metro" - in Gaza and targeted nine residences said to belong to Hamas commanders.

The strikes are reported to have killed Hussam Abu Harbid, the commander of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) Northern Division.

Harbid was responsible for rocket attacks against Israel - including those launched last week, according to the Israeli air force.

He had been a commander in the PIJ for around 15 years.

Joe Biden says administration is working with Palestinians and Israelis to work towards a 'sustained calm'

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