Biden expresses 'grave concern' to Netanyahu over violence in Israel
US President Joe Biden communicated his "grave concern" over viciousness in Israel and Gaza in a call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Saturday while independently disclosing to Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas that Hamas must "cease firing rockets."
Peaking on the sixth day of a paroxysm of Israeli-Palestinian violence that has left scores dead or wounded, Biden expressed his "strong support" for Israel's right to defend itself against rocket attacks by "Hamas and other terrorist groups," in his call with Netanyahu, while also emphasizing his clear concern over the deadly flare-up and casualties on both sides.
"He condemned these indiscriminate attacks against towns and cities across Israel," the White House statement said.
But Biden also raised concerns about the safety of journalists after Israeli airstrikes on Saturday flattened a building in Gaza housing The Associated Press and other international media outlets.
In a phone call with AP president and CEO Gary Pruitt, Secretary of State Antony Blinken offered "unwavering support for independent journalists and media organizations around the world," noting the "indispensability" of reporting in conflict zones, according to State Department spokesman Ned Price.
Source: Hindustan Times
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