An aerial view of a destroyed building after it was hit last week by Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City on Saturday. AP
President Joe Biden on Friday pledged to help organise efforts to rebuild Gaza and said creating a Palestinian state alongside Israel is the "only answer" to the conflict.
Biden also said he had told the Israelis to stop "intercommunal fighting" in the flashpoint city of Jerusalem.
Protesters display placards during a demonstration in solidarity with the Palestinian people in Paris on Saturday. AFP
However he stressed "there is no shift in my commitment, commitment to the security of Israel" and added that until the region "unequivocally" acknowledges Israel's existence "there will be no peace."
The idea of a two-state solution — with a sovereign Palestinian state alongside Israel and Jerusalem as their shared capital — has been the cornerstone of decades of international diplomacy aimed at ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
US policy under Donald Trump was criticised as being blatantly pro-Israel and ignoring the Palestinians.
A Mideast peace plan devised by Trump's adviser and son in law Jared Kushner was billed as providing for a two-state solution. But that blueprint envisioned a Palestinian state with only limited sovereignty and Israel maintaining security over that state.
A Palestinian woman walks past a destroyed building in Gaza City. AFP
The plan was rejected out of hand by Palestinian leaders. Biden on Friday insisted on a full-blown two state remedy. "There is no shift in my commitment to the security of Israel, period, no shift, not at all," he said. "But I tell you what there is a shift in. The shift is that we still need a two-state solution. It is the only answer, the only answer," Biden stated.
Israel also lifted security restrictions on southern Israeli communities after the Egyptian-mediated truce took effect late on Sunday. Honduras is considering moving its embassy in Israel back to Tel Aviv, a year after moving it to Jerusalem.
Speaking after a cabinet meeting, Erdogan criticised U.S. President Joe Biden's approval of weapons sales to Israel.
The UN Security Council was to hold an emergency meeting amid a diplomatic push to end the fighting, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Israel would continue its military onslaught on the coastal enclave “as long as necessary.”
In their first detailed briefing on the crash, Indian Railways officials said that failure of the track management system was the main focus of investigations.
The finding has further puzzled the police because the couple did not have any past medical history of heart problems yet they suffered heart attack at the same time.
"In southern Khartoum we are living in terror of violent bombardment, the sound of anti-aircraft guns and power cuts," said 34-year-old resident Sara Hassan by phone. "We are in real hell."
The death toll from Friday's crash was revised down from 288 after it was found that some bodies had been counted twice, said Pradeep Jena. The tally was unlikely to rise, he told reporters. "Now the rescue operation is complete."