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US may announce additional aid to Israel as early as Sunday – Blinken

Sunday, 8 October 2023, 17:49
US may announce additional aid to Israel as early as Sunday – Blinken
ANTONY BLINKEN. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

Washington is considering Israel's request for additional aid after a large-scale attack by Hamas terrorists, news on this may come as early as Sunday.

Source: Antony Blinken, the United States Secretary of State, in an interview with CNN on 8 October, as reported by European Pravda

Details: Blinken said that President Joe Biden gave the order to "make sure that we provide Israel with everything it needs at this moment to fight the attacks of Hamas."

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Quote: "We're looking at specific additional requests that the Israelis have made. I think you're likely to hear more about that later today," Blinken said.

The Secretary of State also said that the United States has received reports of missing and dead Americans, and this information is being verified.

Background:

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  • On the morning of 7 October, Hamas militants launched a large-scale attack on Israel by firing several thousands of missiles from the Gaza Strip into Israel and breaching the Israeli border across several sites.
  • Hamas militants took several Israeli citizens hostage and claimed they took control of an Israeli military base. This is the largest escalation of the Arab-Israeli conflict in the past 50 years.
  • The Israeli Defence Forces launched Operation Iron Swords, a counterterrorist military operation, and attacked infrastructure in the Gaza Strip. According to the latest reports, over 600 people were killed in the Hamas attacks.
  • On 7 October, the United States promised to provide Israel with everything necessary for self-defence. US President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a telephone conversation.

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