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Prez Biden arrives in Tel Aviv as Israel-Hamas war enters 12th day

The US President's visit comes amid an attack on a Hospital in Gaza which claimed the lives of hundreds present in and near the premises

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US President Joe Biden arrived in Tel Aviv on Wednesday to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and show support to its Middle Eastern ally as Israel entered into the 12th day of war against the Hamas terror group.
The US President was received by PM Netanyahu at the Airport.
The US President's visit comes amid an attack on a Hospital in Gaza which claimed the lives of hundreds present in and near the premises.
US President Joe Biden on Wednesday departed for Israel from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland and ahead of the US President's official visit to war-torn Israel, the security measure has been significantly strengthened here in the national capital on Wednesday.
To ensure the safety of the US President, several roads have been closed and several security personnel have been deployed in the city.
Earlier today, US National Security Council (NSC) coordinator for strategic communications, John Kirby, said that President Joe Biden, on his visit to Israel, will call on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to ensure there is no further escalation in the ongoing war with terror group Hamas.
"When he talks to PM Netanyahu, he'll be asking some tough questions, as a true friend of Israel. He's also going to make it clear that we continue to want to see this conflict not expand, not deepen...He will address the humanitarian situation in Gaza, making it clear, that we want to see humanitarian assistance flow in," Kirby said.
Sharing further details of the President's visit to Israel, he said that Biden and PM Netanyahu will have a "very small, restricted," bilateral meeting, adding that the former will also engage with some families that lost their loved ones in the Hamas terror attacks.
"Tomorrow, President Biden's trip will be confined to Tel Aviv. The first thing he'll do is meet with Israeli PM Netanyahu in a very small, restricted, bilateral meeting. After that, he will have a chance to meet with some of the Israeli first responders and some of the families who have lost their loved ones. He also will have a chance to have a chance to speak directly with President Herzog, too," Kirby added.
Kirby, who was on board Air Force One en route to Israel, also brought up the explosion at the Al-Ahli Baptist Hospital in Gaza, that has claimed several lives, saying that Israel had already denied any involvement in the explosion.
However, he said that President Biden has ordered the National Security team to get more details on the nature of the explosion and find out who was responsible.
"They (Israel) have categorically denied that they were involved in that, so I'll let them speak to their statement on that. I wouldn't characterize this as an investigation. He (President Biden) has directed the National Security team to gather as much information and context as possible. We all want to know how this could have happened," Kirby added.
Meanwhile, the IDF released footage from the time of the explosion at the Al-Ahli Baptist Hospital, showing a failed launch by Palestinian Islamic Jihad caused the blast, rather than an Israeli airstrike.
Earlier on October 16, United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Israel, the second time within a few days, to pledge support for the country as it prepares a major military offensive in Gaza.

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First Published: Oct 18 2023 | 2:14 PM IST

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