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Majority of Democratic caucus in Senate calls for ‘immediate ceasefire’ in Gaza

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent based in New York

Democratic US Senate challenger Jon Ossoff waves after speaking to the media at Dunbar Neighborhood Center during Georgia's Senate runoff elections, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Branden Camp)
Democratic US Senate challenger Jon Ossoff waves after speaking to the media at Dunbar Neighborhood Center during Georgia's Senate runoff elections, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Branden Camp)

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.

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.

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