Joe Biden expresses support for Gaza truce as Israel’s barrage of airstrikes continue

The US President spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a call on Monday

By Taz Ali*

US President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the COVID-19 response and the vaccination in the East Room at the White House in Washington, DC on May 17, 2021. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP) (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)

The US President has expressed support for a ceasefire in the Middle East after more than a week of fighting between Israel and Gaza’s militant rulers Hamas which shows few signs of abating.

Joe Biden spoke with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a call on Monday, as the region’s fiercest hostilities in years has left at least 212 Palestinians dead – including 61 children and 36 women – and has killed ten people in Israel, including two children.

A statement issued by the White House following the call said: “The President reiterated his firm support for Israel’s right to defend itself against indiscriminate rocket attacks.

“He encouraged Israel to make every effort to ensure the protection of innocent civilians.

“The two leaders discussed progress in Israel’s military operations against Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza.

“The President expressed his support for a ceasefire and discussed US engagement with Egypt and other partners towards that end.”

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.

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