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Biden expresses ‘grave concern’ to Netanyahu, tells Abbas rocket fire must ‘stop’

President Joe Biden throughout a convention name within the Oval Office, February 16, 2021.

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  • Biden, who up to now has mentioned little publicly concerning the heightened violence, voiced US assist for a negotiated two-state resolution to the continuing Israeli-Palestinian battle.
  • He expressed his “strong support” for Israel’s proper to defend itself towards rocket assaults by “Hamas and other terrorist groups”
  •  Biden additionally raised considerations concerning the security of journalists after Israeli air strikes flattened a constructing in Gaza housing The Associated Press and different worldwide media retailers.

US President Joe Biden expressed his “grave concern” over violence in Israel and Gaza in a telephone name with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Saturday whereas individually telling Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas that Hamas must “cease firing rockets.”

Speaking on the sixth day of a paroxysm of Israeli-Palestinian violence that has left scores lifeless or wounded, Biden expressed his “strong support” for Israel’s proper to defend itself towards rocket assaults by “Hamas and other terrorist groups,” in his name with Netanyahu, whereas additionally emphasizing his clear concern over the lethal flare-up and casualties on either side.

“He condemned these indiscriminate attacks against towns and cities across Israel,” the White House assertion mentioned.

But Biden additionally raised considerations concerning the security of journalists after Israeli air strikes on Saturday flattened a constructing in Gaza housing The Associated Press and different worldwide media retailers.

In a telephone name with AP president and CEO Gary Pruitt, Secretary of State Antony Blinken supplied “unwavering support for independent journalists and media organizations around the world,” noting the “indispensability” of reporting in battle zones, in accordance to State Department spokesman Ned Price.

Biden, who up to now has mentioned little publicly concerning the heightened violence, voiced US assist for a negotiated two-state resolution to the continuing Israeli-Palestinian battle.

He made the identical level in a separate telephone name with president Abbas of the Palestinian Authority, the White House mentioned, highlighting “strong commitment to a negotiated two-state solution as the best path to reach a just and lasting resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

The US chief, in his first name with Abbas since taking office, additionally “stressed the need for Hamas to cease firing rockets into Israel.”

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin “reaffirmed Israel’s right to defend itself,” in a telephone name together with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Gantz, in accordance to a readout.

Austin “strongly condemned the continued onslaught of attacks by Hamas and other terrorists groups targeting Israeli civilians,” it mentioned, including that the secretary had “shared his view on the need to restore calm.”

Israel pummelled the Gaza Strip with air strikes on Saturday, killing 10 members of an prolonged household, as Palestinian militants fired again barrages of rockets.

Clashes additionally swept the occupied West Bank.



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