US President Joe Biden says he is speaking to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu within the hour, amid a flurry of diplomatic calls to try to end the crisis.
Asked if he would join other international calls for a ceasefire in Israel, president Biden said: “I will be speaking with the prime minister in an hour and I’ll be able to talk to you after that.”
US officials have held over 60 calls with Middle East counterparts aimed at de-escalating the violence, according to the White House press spokesperson.
They include National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan speaking to counterparts in Israel and Egypt and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaking to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Jordan and Tunisia.
Other countries are also trying to find a diplomatic solution. UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab says he’s spoken to foreign minister in Jordan and Turkey to find an “urgent end to the violence”.