Hours after Israel bombed the al-Ahli Baptist Hospital in Gaza, United States (US) President Joe Biden is on a support visit to Israel's capital Tel Aviv. Biden, who has arrived in Israel, is expected to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to press for critical humanitarian aid to be allowed into Gaza.
Biden held a joint press conference with Netanyahu and made critical statements on the situation in Gaza.
"I wanted to be here today for a simple reason. I wanted the world to see that the United States is with Israel. Hamas has killed thousands of people, a massacre is not an exaggeration. They have taken dozens of people prisoner. It is beyond my imagination to imagine such a thing," Biden said.
"The Americans understand and are concerned. They know that your choice is not easy. Hamas does not represent the Palestinian people," he added.
Netanyahu said that Hamas kidnapped women and children and that 1 thousand 400 Israelis were killed on October 7.
"On October 7, 1 thousand 400 Israelis were killed. This is like the killing of more than 50 thousand Americans, like the September 11 attacks. The US worked with us to defeat the Nazis and now it will work with us to defeat Hamas. This is the first visit by a US president during this war. It shows your individual support. On behalf of the people of Israel, I thank you," Netanyahu said.
John Kirby, Coordinator of Strategic Communications at the White House National Security Council, announced that during Biden's visit, "as a true friend of Israel", he would receive information about the situation in the region and hold discussions on Israel's goals and future plans.
Kirby underlined that Biden would ask "tough questions" to Israeli leaders, but that his tone would be "not threatening or hostile, but like a true friend".
White House National Security Council Strategic Communications Coordinator Kirby stated that US President Biden planned to hold phone calls with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on his way back.
The quartet summit, which was planned to be held today in Amman, the capital of Jordan, with the participation of US President Biden, Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, King Abdullah II of Jordan, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, was canceled after Israel's attack on the hospital in Gaza last night, which killed at least 500 people.
Hamas' military wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, announced that they launched a comprehensive attack against Israel called "Al-Aqsa Flood" on the morning of October 7.
While thousands of rockets were fired from Gaza towards Israel, armed groups entered the settlements in the region.
The Israeli army also launched an attack on the Gaza Strip with dozens of warplanes.
The Palestinian Ministry of Health announced that approximately 3 thousand people were killed and more than 10 thousand people were injured in Gaza in the Israeli attacks.
In the occupied West Bank, it was reported that 1000 Israelis were killed in the attacks organized from Gaza and 5 thousand people were wounded, 106 of them seriously.
The Israeli army hit Damascus and Aleppo airports. As the Middle East is once again turning into a bloodbath, a deadline has been set for nearly 2 and a half million Palestinians to leave the blockaded Gaza.
Most recently, Israel attacked the al-Ahli Baptist Hospital in Gaza, killing civilians.