December 11, 2023

Israel resumes airstrikes in Gaza

Israel resumes airstrikes in Gaza and hit rare target in West Bank


President Biden spoke with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel on Sunday, the White House said in a statement. The two leaders discussed developments in Gaza and the surrounding region as well as the release of two American hostages, who were freed by Hamas on Friday.

The call came as the United Nations announced that 14 trucks carrying humanitarian aid were allowed to enter Gaza, and one day after the first trucks carrying aid were allowed into Gaza from Egypt to address the unprecedented humanitarian crisis caused by Israel’s sealing off of the strip in the wake of Hamas fighters’ bloody rampage on Oct. 7.  

“The leaders affirmed that there will now be continued flow of this critical assistance into Gaza,” said the White House readout of the call. 

Mr. Biden also expressed his appreciation for Israel’s role in helping to secure the release of an American woman and her teenage daughter on Friday. The two women, who are dual Israeli-American citizens, were the first captives to be freed by Hamas.

“The leaders discussed ongoing efforts to secure the release of all the remaining hostages taken by Hamas – including U.S. citizens – and to provide for safe passage for U.S. citizens and other civilians in Gaza who wish to depart,” the readout said, adding, “The President and the Prime Minister agreed to stay in close touch.”

Mr. Biden on Sunday also discussed the Israel-Hamas war with Pope Francis, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, President Emmanuel Macron of France, Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany, Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni of Italy and Prime Minister Rishi Sunak of the United Kingdom, the White House said.

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