Israel resists US pressure to pause the war to allow more aid to Gaza, wants hostages back first

A man steps over the bodies of dead and injured Palestinians lying on the ground following an Israeli airstrike Friday, outside the entrance of the al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City. (AP Photo/Abed Khaled)

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday pushed back against growing U.S. pressure for a “humanitarian pause” in the nearly month-old war to protect civilians and allow more aid into Gaza, insisting there would be no temporary cease-fire until the roughly 240 hostages held by Hamas are released.