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World News October 18, 2023

Biden heads to Israel; Iran warns of Hamas retaliation

U.S. President Joe Biden is embarking on a trip to Israel and Jordan to gather updates on Israel’s war aims in its conflict with Hamas militants and emphasize the importance of providing humanitarian assistance to Gaza civilians. Israel has been conducting airstrikes on Gaza in response to attacks by Hamas. The death toll is rising, with 2,850 Palestinians reported killed in Gaza and the West Bank.

There are concerns about a potential ground offensive and retaliatory attacks on Israeli towns. Biden will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other officials in Tel Aviv, and then travel to Amman for talks on accelerating humanitarian aid to Gaza. He will meet with leaders including Jordan’s King Abdullah, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The goal is to show solidarity with Israel while avoiding broader regional conflict. The U.S. has deployed military assets in the eastern Mediterranean in support of Israel. Biden aims to address the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and discuss Israeli defense rights. The U.S. and Israel are working on a plan for humanitarian aid delivery to civilians in Gaza.

Source – CGTN

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