The United States envoy arrived in Israel to mediate the conflict.

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source: usatoday.com

Washington indicated that Hady Amr's visit seeks to "reinforce the need to work for a sustainable calm.

The Deputy Under Secretary for Palestinian and Israeli Affairs of the US State Department, Hady Amr, arrived in Tel Aviv on Friday to mediate the current war escalation between Israel and the terrorist groups that control the Gaza Strip.

As reported this Friday by the US embassy in Jerusalem, Amr's visit seeks to "reinforce the need to work for a sustainable calm, recognizing Israel's right to self-defense."

In addition, in the statement released through Twitter announcing the diplomat's arrival, the embassy added that "Israelis and Palestinians deserve equal measures of freedom, security, dignity, and prosperity."

Hady Amr's visit comes on the fifth day of the current escalation of violence in the area. This Friday, the firing of rockets from Gaza and the Israeli bombings against targets of the terrorist group Hamas, which controls the enclave, continued.

While the shooting from Gaza on Friday almost exclusively targeted neighboring Israeli communities and bypassed the country's main cities, the Israeli Army attacked weapons factories, tunnels in which military equipment was stored and dozens of targets described as "naval forces" of Hamas.

The arrival of the US diplomat in Tel Aviv also occurs hours after it was learned that an Egyptian delegation in the country yesterday received the Israeli refusal to "all initiatives and mediation" for a truce.

After registering this morning the main Israeli offensive against targets in Gaza carried out with warplanes and tanks, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned this Friday that the military operation against Palestinian militias "has not ended yet."

The operation early Friday struck 150 targets and damaged Hamas's "Metro" tunnel system several kilometers. Since 2014, the IDF has been discovering Hamas tunnels leading from Gaza to Israel. Had the Israeli forces not neutralized them,  the terrorists could have achieved their goal of infiltrating Israel and kidnapping soldiers,  the Army explained.

The strike was taken out from outside without troops entering the Gaza Strip. The Army clarified after reports that spoke of an offensive by land.

Since the beginning of the fighting,  the militias have launched more than 1,800 projectiles towards Israel; 430 failed in the coastal enclave. The Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepted the majority.

Since Monday afternoon, at least 122 Palestinian deaths have been registered in the Gaza Strip, according to reports from the Palestinian authorities, and nine in Israel. Seven were from the impact of projectiles, and two after falling when they ran towards the bomb shelters.

In addition, the number of wounded has not stopped increasing and has already exceeded 900 in Gaza and 200 in Israel.