With the death toll rising in the fighting between Israel and Gaza, President Joe Biden made a call to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urging him to enact a ceasefire.

Palestinians from Hamas have launched about 3,500 rockets at Israel while the IDF has responded with massive airstrikes that have targeted Hamas military officials and infrastructure.  

His call to Netanyahu was the second this week. It was followed by a carefully worded statement, released by the White House on Monday.

President Biden “encouraged Israel to make every effort to ensure the protection of innocent civilians,” the White House said in its statement.