28 Senate Democrats sign statement urging Israel-Hamas cease-fire

Twenty-eight Senate Democrats on Sunday issued a statement calling for Israel's military and Hamas to reach a cease-fire agreement as news reports emerged of another night of devastating Israeli airstrikes in Gaza.

The statement, led by Georgia Sen. Jon OssoffJon OssoffDemocrats seek new ways to expand Medicaid in holdout states Stacey Abrams calls on young voters of color to support election reform bill MLB calls lawsuit over All-Star Game 'political theatrics' MORE (D) was also signed by Dick DurbinDick DurbinBiden administration to back bill ending crack, powder cocaine sentence disparity: report The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats await Manchin decision on voting rights bill Supreme Court battle could wreak havoc with Biden's 2020 agenda MORE (D-Ill.), the No. 2 Senate Democrat in leadership, but was not signed by Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerWhite House draws ire of progressives amid voting rights defeat Murkowski to vote 'no' on voting rights bill Harris to preside over Senate for voting rights debate MORE (D-N.Y.), who has remained firm along with President BidenJoe BidenBaltimore police chief calls for more 'boots on the ground' to handle crime wave Biden to deliver remarks at Sen. John Warner's funeral Garland dismisses broad review of politicization of DOJ under Trump MORE and Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi quashes reports on Jan. 6 select committee Overnight Defense: Joint Chiefs warn against sweeping reform to military justice system | Senate panel plans July briefing on war authorization repeal | National Guard may have 'training issues' if not reimbursed On The Money: Powell says pickup in job gains likely this fall | Schumer, Pelosi meeting with White House on infrastructure MORE (D-Calif.) in their assertion that Israel's military is carrying out defensive military action to which it is entitled.

“To prevent any further loss of civilian life and to prevent further escalation of conflict in Israel and the Palestinian territories, we urge an immediate ceasefire,” the 28 senators said in the statement Sunday.

Their call comes as the Biden administration has blocked a joint attempt by the governments of China, Norway and Tunisia to release a statement from the United Nations Security Council calling for an end to the conflict, and as more progressive members of the Democratic Party such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez says she ranked Wiley first, Stringer second in NYC mayoral vote Five things to watch in the NYC mayor's race primary Heatwaves don't lie: Telling the truth about climate change MORE (D-N.Y.) have accused the U.S. of complicity in the carnage.

Media reports and videos on social media Sunday evening showed another devastating barrage of airstrikes unfolding across Gaza City, with some reports indicating that roads and other critical infrastructure were destroyed in the attack.