Twenty-eight Democrats have signed onto a letter calling for an “immediate ceasefire” between Israel and Hamas as the civilian casualty count continues to climb on both sides.
“To prevent any further loss of civilian life and to prevent further escalation of conflict in Israel and the Palestinian territories, we urge an immediate ceasefire,” the senators said in a joint statement led by freshman Sen. Jon Ossoff from Georgia.
FIRST ON @CNN: Sen. Jon @ossoff leads a group of 28 members of the Democratic Senate Caucus calling for a cease fire in Israeli- Palestinian conflict. Full list of signatories:
(W/ @jessicadean & @DaniellaMicaela) pic.twitter.com/cWnBmLr6Ra
— Ryan Nobles (@ryanobles) May 16, 2021
The Biden administration has been seen as having given Israel room to respond to Hamas rocket fire in recent days, repeatedly issuing statements backing Israel’s “right to defend itself,” but earlier today has begun calling for both sides to end the violence immediately.