Biden speaks with Israel's Netanyahu and Palestinian's Abbas -White House

16 May 2021 - 10:31 By Nandita Bose
Smoke and flames erupt during an Israeli airstrike on Gaza City amid a flare-up of Israeli-Palestinian violence.
Smoke and flames erupt during an Israeli airstrike on Gaza City amid a flare-up of Israeli-Palestinian violence.
Image: Reuters/Mohammed Salem

US President Joe Biden spoke with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the White House said on Saturday, as the Israel-Hamas conflict continued to rage and destroyed a tower block that housed news media organisations.

Israel pounded Gaza on Saturday, destroying the tower while Palestinian rocket salvoes hit Tel Aviv with no sign of an end to almost a week of fighting.

Biden reaffirmed the United States "strong support for Israel's right to defend itself against rocket attacks from Hamas" in his call with Netanyahu.

Reuters


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