US President Joe Biden and Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu spoke on phone

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United States President Joe Biden, in a telephone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, emphasized the importance of protecting civilians in Gaza.

US President Joe Biden and Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu spoke on phone

United States(US) President Joe Biden, in a telephone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, emphasized the importance of protecting civilians in Gaza.

According to the statement made by the White House, Biden and Netanyahu held a telephone conversation. During the conversation, the latest developments in Gaza and the release of hostages, including US citizens held captive by Hamas, were discussed.

Biden and Netanyahu discussed the safe exit of foreign citizens who want to leave Gaza as soon as possible. US President Biden underlined the importance of the flow of humanitarian aid to Gaza and the protection of civilians there.

Stating that Israel has every right and responsibility to protect its citizens against terrorism and must do so within the framework of international law, Biden also underlined that the next step after this crisis should be the path to lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians. The two leaders agreed to remain in constant dialogue.

ISRAEL AND UNITED STATES DEFENCE MINISTERS SPOKE ON PHONE

On the other hand, according to the statement made by the US Department of Defence (Pentagon), US Defence Secretary Llyod Austin and his Israeli counterpart Yoav Gallant held a telephone conversation. The ministers discussed the latest developments in the region and also discussed the protection of civilians in Gaza.

WHAT HAPPENED

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 in Gaza announced that 6 thousand 546 people, including 1 thousand 873 children and 1 thousand 023 women, were killed and 14 thousand 245 injured in Israel's attacks on Gaza.

It was reported that 1 thousand 400 Israelis, including 306 soldiers, were killed and 5 thousand 132 Israelis were wounded in the attacks from Gaza.

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.

In the occupied West Bank, 90 Palestinians were reportedly killed in attacks by Israeli forces and Jewish settlers.

In Israel's attacks on Gaza, 18 journalists were killed.

In the clashes between the Israeli army and Hezbollah on the Israel-Lebanon border since October 8, 24 Hezbollah members and 4 civilians, one of whom was a journalist, were killed. Three Israeli soldiers and one Israeli civilian were killed in the attacks organized by Lebanon. 

Most recently, Israel attacked the al-Ahli Baptist Hospital in Gaza, killing civilians.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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