Egypt pledges $500m to rebuild Gaza and sends medical aid

Egypt pledges $500m to rebuild Gaza and sends medical aid. “Egypt will provide $500m… for the reconstruction process in the Gaza Strip as a result of recent events”, said the office of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Germany calls for a ceasefire and offers more aid.

“Today, I will lobby for a better humanitarian supply in Gaza,” said German FM Heiko Maas, pledging 40 million euros ($48.86m) to ramp up humanitarian aid for civilians in Gaza.

Dozens of air strikes pounded Gaza on Tuesday as US President Joe Biden expressed support for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in a phone call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

At least 213 Palestinians, including 61 children, have been killed in Gaza since the attacks began. About 1,500 Palestinians have been wounded. Twelve people in Israel have died, including two children, while at least 300 have been wounded.

Biden held his third phone conversation with Netanyahu since violence flared on May 10 and expressed support for a ceasefire. But the US president stopped short of demanding an end to the violence.

Malta’s foreign minister said that an emergency European Union video meeting is set to call for a ceasefire, offer more humanitarian aid and try to relaunch peace talks.

Meanwhile in the occupied West Bank, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian protester during demonstrations.

Palestinian killed, dozens wounded in West Bank

The Palestinian Health Ministry says a Palestinian protester has been killed and dozens more were wounded when gunshots rang out at a large demonstration in the occupied West Bank.

The Israeli military says protesters opened fire at troops. It says two soldiers were shot in the leg and had to be hospitalised. Palestinian protesters often clash with Israeli troops in the West Bank but the demonstrators are rarely armed.

The Health Ministry identified the deceased as 25-year-old Muhammad Hamid. It says 46 others were wounded, including 16 with bullet wounds. It says four of them are in serious condition.

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