In response to an unprecedented onslaught from Hamas, the US Navy has taken decisive action, deploying warships and aircraft closer to Israel. This development comes as President Joe Biden reaffirms Israel’s right to self-defense and orders “additional support” for the country, according to statements from the White House.
The surprise attack, which unfolded on Saturday, has already claimed the lives of at least 600 Israelis, with over 2,000 individuals wounded. While the White House confirmed the directive for additional support, specific details were not disclosed. A statement from the White House read, “The President directed additional support for Israel in the face of this unprecedented terrorist assault by Hamas,” following high-level discussions between US and Israeli officials regarding military aid.
President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were briefed by national security officials on the evolving situation in Israel and will continue to receive updates as the conflict unfolds. The White House also stated that officials will maintain contact with Israeli counterparts and engage with stakeholders throughout the region.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken confirmed that Washington is actively considering Israeli requests for additional military assistance. Blinken further noted that the US is investigating reports of American citizens being either killed or taken hostage during the surprise attack.
“We are looking at specific additional requests that the Israelis have made,” said Blinken, hinting at forthcoming updates. He emphasized the importance of Israel ensuring the security of its people and taking measures to prevent such incidents from recurring.
As the situation continues to develop, diplomatic efforts are underway to address the escalating conflict between Israel and Hamas. The US Navy’s strategic deployment underscores the United States’ commitment to supporting its ally Israel during these challenging times.
Sources By Agencies