Global concern over conflict in Israel and the Palestinian Territories continued to mount on Thursday as the violence escalated across the region and new reports of rockets launched from Lebanon emerged.
The Israel Defense Forces said the three rockets from Lebanon landed in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of northern Israel. Israeli media, citing Lebanese sources, said the rockets came from “a small Palestinian group and occurred without Hezbollah’s knowledge.”
The launch was followed by another round of rockets sent from Gaza into southern Israel, and multiple airstrikes from Israel. Both sides mourned their dead, with at least 100 people reportedly killed on the Palestinian side and at least seven in Israel.
President Joe Biden said the United States is in contact with governments from across the region, including Egypt and Saudi Arabia, as part of efforts to mediate a situation that the United Nations has warned could become a full-blown war.
At the Saudi government’s request, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will hold another high-level meeting on Sunday to discuss the conflict. The OIC previously issued a statement condemning Israel’s actions against Palestine, particularly as the holy month of Ramadan came to an end, along with the OIC’s broader concerns over the long and tragic territorial dispute.
The African Union also condemns the violence, with AU chief Moussa Faki Mahamat reiterating “the continued strong support of the African Union with the Palestinian people in their legitimate quest for an independent and sovereign state with East Jerusalem as its capital.”