Photos: Gaza cease-fire calls grow even as Netanyahu publicly plays down Biden admonition

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Palestinian Ryad Eshkuntana, checks his daughter Suzy, as they receive medical care at Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City, on May 19, 2021, after his wife and other children were killed in an Israeli air strike. - Deafening air strikes and rocket fire once more shook Gaza overnight and early today amid an international diplomatic push to broker a ceasefire after more than a week of bloodshed. (Photo by MAHMUD HAMS / AFP) (Photo by MAHMUD HAMS/AFP via Getty Images)
Palestinian Ryad Eshkuntana checks his daughter Suzy at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City on May 19. His wife and other children were killed in an Israeli airstrike. (Mahmud Hams / AFP/Getty Images )

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday publicly shrugged off the strongest U.S. call yet to wind down fighting with Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, but there were growing indications he would accede to international pressure for a cease-fire.

A 10th day of intense exchanges of fire saw Israeli forces again carry out airstrikes against dozens of militant targets in the small coastal enclave, while Palestinian militants fired new volleys of rockets into Israeli towns and cities.

Men inspect a damaged home.
Men inspect a damaged house in the Gaza Strip on May 19. Eyad Saleha, a 33-year-old disabled Palestinian man in a wheelchair, his pregnant wife and their 3-year-old daughter were killed in an Israeli airstrike on the home. (Said Khatib / AFP/Getty Images)
One man comforts another on the street.
A man comforts the brother of Eyad Saleha, who was killed in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza. (Said Khatib / AFP/Getty Images )
A man holds his dead child.
A Palestinian in Gaza City mourns his children who were killed in an Israeli attack. (Fatima Shbair / Getty Images)
Palestinian members of Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades
Palestinian members of Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the armed wing of the Fatah movement, in the center of the city of Ramallah, West Bank, on Monday. (Abbas Momani / AFP/Getty Images)
A man with a blood-soaked bandage.
A Palestinian man despairs over the deaths of his children in an Israeli attack in the central Gaza Strip on Sunday. (Fatima Shbair / Getty Images)
Rockets sail through the air from Gaza.
Rockets are launched toward Israel from the southern Gaza Strip on Monday. (Said Khatib / AFP/Getty Images )
A man grieves near a wall.
The father of 12-year-old Rahaf al-Dayer holds her covered body at Shifa Hospital after she was killed in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City. (Anas Baba / AFP/Getty Images)
Fire and smoke rise above buildings in Gaza City
Fire and smoke rise above buildings in Gaza City as Israeli warplanes target the Palestinian enclave early Monday. (Anas Baba / AFP/Getty Images )
A missile fires into the sky.
Israel's Iron Dome aerial defense system launches a missile from Ashdod to intercept a rocket from the Gaza Strip on Monday. (Ahmad Gharabli / AFP/Getty Images )
Smoke billows from a building by the sea.
Smoke billows near the harbor in Gaza City after an Israeli naval bombardment. (Mahmud Hams / AFP/Getty Images )
A row of wrapped bodies.
Mourners pray over the bodies of Palestinians who were killed in overnight Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City on Sunday. (Sanad Latifa / Associated Press)
Smoke and flames over Gaza City.
Smoke and flames shoot up after an Israeli airstrike targeted the Ansar compound in Gaza City. (Mahmud Hams / AFP/Getty Images )
Israelis lie on the ground during an air raid.
Israelis in Ashkelon take cover as a siren sounds a warning of incoming rockets fired from the Gaza Strip on Sunday. (Heidi Levine / Associated Press)
People stand amid rubble.
Rescuers and onlookers gather near the ruins of Shorouk Tower after an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City. (Mahmud Hams / AFP/Getty Images )
A ball of fire engulfs the Walid building in Gaza City.
A ball of fire engulfs the Walid building, which was destroyed in an Israeli airstrike on Gaza City on May 13. (AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli soldiers stand behind a tank, with artillery shells
Israeli soldiers prepare to fire artillery shells toward the Gaza Strip from their position near the southern Israeli city of Sderot. (Jack Guez / AFP/Getty Images)
Bodies wrapped in Palestinian flags are carried by crowds
Bodies of Palestinians killed in Israeli airstrikes in Gaza are carried by mourners during a funeral ceremony at Omari Grand Mosque. (Ashraf Amra / Getty Images)
Israeli women in military uniforms embrace and weep
Mourners attend the funeral of an Israeli soldier killed when Palestinian militants in Gaza fired an anti-tank missile near the border. (Jack Guez / AFP/Getty Images)
A Palestinian family flees on a cart pulled by a donkey.
Members of a Palestinian family flee Israeli air and artillery strikes in Beit Lahia in the Gaza Strip. (Mohammed Abed / AFP/Getty Images)
Rockets light up the night sky above Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip.
Rockets fired toward Israel from Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip light up the night sky. (Mohammed Abed / AFP/Getty Images)
A few people walk amid the rubble of flattened and severely damaged buildings.
Palestinians assess the damage caused by Israeli airstrikes in Beit Hanun in the northern Gaza Strip. (Mahmud Hams / AFP/Getty Images)
A fire rages among buildings at sunrise
A fire rages at sunrise in Khan Yunis following an Israeli airstrike on targets in the southern Gaza Strip on May 12. (Youssef Massoud / AFP/Getty Images)
Streaks of light in the smoky night sky above buildings
Rockets are launched toward Israel from Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, early on May 12. (Said Khatib / AFP/Getty Images )
Israeli soldiers fire a howitzer amid smoke and flying debris
Israeli soldiers fire a 155-millimeter self-propelled howitzer toward the Gaza Strip from their position near the southern Israeli city of Sderot on May 12. (Menahem Kahana / AFP/Getty Images )
Mourners stand back from a wrapped body while a man stands next to it
Mourners surround the body of Lea Yom Tov, an Israeli woman killed by a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip, during her funeral in the central city of Rishon LeZion on May 12. (Gil Cohen-Magen / AFP/Getty Images)
Palestinians perform funeral prayers over a wrapped body
Palestinians perform funeral prayers for a victim of an airstrike in central Gaza City on May 12. (Fatima Shbair / Getty Images)
Black smoke billows among buildings
Black smoke billows after a series of Israeli airstrikes targeted Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip early on May 12. (Youssef Massoud / AFP/Getty Images)
Rescue workers evacuate a woman by ambulance
Rescue workers evacuate a woman by ambulance amid a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip in the southern Israeli city of Sderot on May 12. (Yehuda Perez / AFP/Getty Images)
Heavy smoke rises from Shorouk Tower as it collapses
Heavy smoke rises from Shorouk Tower as it collapses after being hit by an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City on May 12. (Mohammed Abed / AFP/Getty Images)
Rockets are launched in the night sky above buildings
Rockets are launched from Gaza City in response to an Israeli airstrike on a 12-story building toward the coastal city of Tel Aviv on May 11. (Anas Baba / AFP/Getty Images)
Mourners react during a funeral
Mourners react during the funeral of Lea Yom Tov, an Israeli woman killed by a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip, in the central city of Rishon LeZion on May 12. (Gil Cohen-Magen / AFP/Getty Images)
A fiery explosion at night.
Israel hits the Gaza Strip with airstrikes on May 10. (Mahmud Hams / AFP/Getty Images)
People take cover next to a car on the side of a road
Israelis shelter at the entrance of the city of Tel Aviv on May 11 during a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip. (Gideon Markowicz / AFP/Getty Images)
A distraught woman holds the hands of two children flanking her
Palestinian civilians evacuate a building in Gaza City targeted by Israeli bombardment on May 11. (Mahmud Hams / AFP/Getty Images)
Rocket takes to the sky with a trail of smoke
Rockets are fired from Gaza City toward Israel on May 11. (Mohammed Abed / AFP/Getty Images)
Huge clouds of dark gray smoke billow from a building tilting amid others
An Israeli airstrike targeted the Hanadi compound in Gaza City on May 11. (Mohammed Abed / AFP/Getty Images)
A firefighter stand in the scorched wreckage of a bus
An Israeli firefighter extinguishes a burning bus in Holon after it was hit by a rocket from the Gaza Strip on May 11. (Avshalom Sassoni / Associated Press)
Mourners carry a body wrapped in white and yellow on a sling amid a throng of people
Palestinians turn out for the funeral of Hussain Hamad, 11, in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, on May 111. He was killed by an explosion in the fighting between Israel and Hamas, (Khalil Hamra / Associated Press)
Two white cars are engulfed in flames
Cars are on fire after a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip landed in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon. ( Jack Guez / AFP/Getty Images)
A fireball and huge cloud of smoke against a dark sky
A fire rages in the early hours of May 11 after an Israeli airstrike overnight on the southern Gaza region of Khan Yunis. (Said Khatib / AFP/Getty Images )
A metal pallet is covered with bright red blood
The blood of the Palestinian Ahmed al-Shenbari, who was killed during an Israeli raid in Beit Hanoun, Gaza Strip, on May 11. (Getty Images)
A person stands on the balcony of a building with a damaged facade
A person looks out from a damaged building's balcony in Holon near Tel Aviv, on May 11. (Ahmad Gharabli / AFP/Getty Images )
A column of dark gray smoke rises amid buildings
An Israeli airstrike in Gaza City on May 11. (Hatem Moussa / Associated Press)
People mill about a collapsed building
A building collapses in the Al-Rimal neighborhood in the Gaza Strip on May 11 after Israeli fighter jets attacked. (Mustafa Hassona / Anadolu Agency)
People, some with Israeli flags, take cover while others remain standing nearby
Jewish nationalist demonstrators take cover during rocket fire in the Israeli town of Ramla on May 11. (Heidi Levine / Associated Press)
A silhouette of a person on the upper level of a damaged building
A Palestinian searches for survivors in a residential building hit by Israeli missile strikes at the Shati refugee camp in Gaza City, on May 11. (Khalil Hamra / Associated Press)
A man bends down to pick up something from the debris-strewn ground
A Palestinian man joins other people at the scene of a residential building partially destroyed by Israeli missile strikes at the Shati refugee camp in Gaza City on May 11. (Khalil Hamra / Associated Press)

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