Second US aircraft carrier leaves to “deter” attacks against Israel
This Saturday the United States sent its second aircraft carrier strike group to the eastern Mediterranean to "deter hostile actions against Israel or any efforts aimed at expanding the war following the Hamas attacks"said Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.
The aircraft carrier “USS Eisenhower” and its warships will join another strike group already deployed in the region after the Hamas attack on Israel a week ago and in the midst of Israel's response.
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The deployment signals Washington's "unwavering commitment to Israel's security and our resolve to deter any state or non-state actor seeking to escalate this war," Austin said in a statement.
For a week Israel has launched deadly attacks triggered after Hamas fighters breached the fortified border between the Gaza Strip and Israel and killed more than 1,300 people.
In Gaza, according to health authorities, more than 2,200 people died. As on the Israeli side, the majority were civilians.
The United States has sent ammunition to Israel and warned other countries not to escalate the conflict.
On the same day as the announcement of the second aircraft carrier, President Joe Biden stressed in a call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the United States' support for efforts to protect civilians amid the bombing of Gaza.
"President Biden expressed his support for all efforts to protect civilians," the White House said in a statement about that call, without making specific reference to the enclave.
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Biden also spoke on Saturday with the leader of the Palestinian authority, Mahmoud Abbas, for the first time since hostilities began, condemning Hamas' "brutal attack on Israel."
"Hamas does not defend the right of the Palestinian people to dignity and self-determination," Biden told Abbas, according to the White House statement.
With information from AFP.
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