Israel-Gaza conflict: France adds to ceasefire pressure on US as violence rages

19th May, 2021

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Israeli air strikes and Hamas rocket fire continued early on Wednesday amid diplomatic efforts to find a solution. Photograph: Gili Yaari/NurPhoto/REX/Shutterstock

France has increased pressure on the US to publicly call for a ceasefire in the Israel-Gaza conflict after a UN security council meeting ended without a joint statement, and airstrikes and rocket fire continued into the night. France is pushing a draft resolution – coordinated with Egypt and Jordan – that is intended to focus on a few basic points: a cessation of violence and access for humanitarian relief agencies. There would be no set timetable but the steps in the resolution would be presented as urgent.

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