Israel continues airstrikes on Gaza, killing a high-ranking member of the military wing of Islamic Jihad in recent attacks. However, the strikes also killed civilians, including women and children, and destroyed numerous settlements. The Israeli army reported hitting over 130 targets, including rocket launch units. In response, Gaza fired more than 450 rockets at Israel, but most were neutralized by the Iron Dome air defense system. Despite some rockets falling near the Gaza border, sirens were also heard in Tel Aviv, 60 kilometers north of the city.
Egypt has offered to mediate a ceasefire, which the spokesperson for Islamic Jihad has noted. The Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesperson expressed consideration for the offer from the Cairo administration. United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin also spoke by phone with his Israeli counterpart, Yoav Gallant, and reiterated support for Israel, urging de-escalation in the region.
The conflict between Israel and Gaza has escalated in the past few weeks, leading to the deadliest conflict in years. The international community, including the United Nations, has called for an immediate ceasefire and an end to the violence. However, both sides have yet to agree to a truce. The situation remains tense, and there are concerns about further casualties and destruction.