Top US diplomat says rebuilding Gaza should not 'benefit' Hamas

Blinken off to Mideast to push peace talks after Gaza truce

As social media users shared the video, they accused Israeli soldiers of following new "intimidation tactics meant to scare Palestinian residents away from the neighbourhood".

"And that begins with tackling the grave humanitarian situation in Gaza and starting to rebuild".

He said the US would work to rally global support around that effort and make its own "significant contributions", which would be announced later in the day. "As we've seen in life, as we all know in life, there are no guarantees, but we're going to do everything that we can to ensure that this assistance reaches the people who need it the most", said the official.

On Sunday, Blinken credited Biden's effort leading up to the ceasefire and said the president is still committed to a two-state solution in the region.

He will face the same obstacles that have stifled a wider peace process for more than a decade, including a hawkish Israeli leadership, Palestinian divisions and deeply rooted tensions surrounding Jerusalem and its holy sites.

He will begin his visit in Israel, where Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is fighting for his political life after a fourth inconclusive election in two years. Netanyahu faces mounting criticism from Israelis who say he ended the offensive prematurely, without forcibly halting Palestinian rocket attacks or dealing a heavier blow to Gaza's militant Hamas rulers.

"If Hamas breaks the calm and attacks Israel, our response will be very powerful", the Israeli premier said, following his talks with the U.S. top diplomat.

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According to worldwide law, East Jerusalem is amongst occupied Palestinian territories that were captured during the 1967 war, where "transferring own civilian population into is considered a war crime". The Palestinians have long objected to that language, saying it undermines the rights of Israel's own Palestinian minority.

The eviction of peasants was put on hold shortly before the Battle of Gaza broke out, but legal proceedings are expected to resume within a few weeks.

On Monday, the ministry said in a statement that two young men succumbed to their critical wounds as a result of the Israeli airstrikes, adding that the corpses of four Palestinians were retrieved from under building rubbles.

Palestinian news agency WAFA said that Israeli forces had shot dead a 17-year-old Palestinian high school student from occupied east Jerusalem. The Israeli army referred questions to the Border Police, which did not respond to requests for comment.

The 11-day conflict with Hamas in Gaza sparked inter-communal tensions in Israel itself between Jewish and Arab citizens of Palestinian descent, and amplified protests across the occupied West Bank. Abbas heads the internationally backed Palestinian Authority, which administers parts of the occupied West Bank but whose forces were driven from Gaza when Hamas seized power there in 2007.

Abbas, who canceled the Palestinian elections for the first time in 15 years last month, saw the collapse of the Fatah movement suffering an embarrassing defeat, but many Palestinians believe it has lost all legitimacy. A crowd of Al-Aqsa worshipers chanted in support of Hamas in opposition to his Palestinian Authority on Friday.

Shoukry discussed with Abbas ways to revive the peace process and to provide all necessary support and assistance to Palestinian people. Blinken will also visit neighbouring Egypt and Jordan, which have acted as mediators in the conflict.

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