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Pray vows to ‘replenish’ Israel’s dome defense system, support efforts to rebuild Gaza

President Joe Biden pledged on Thursday to support Israelis and Palestinians following the announcement of a ceasefire between Israel and the Hamas terrorist group.

Biden said at a news conference that the United States would supplement Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system, which helped destroy Hamas rockets fired at the Jewish nation. He also said that his government, along with the Palestinian Authority, which lost control of the Gaza Strip to Hamas in the 2008-2009 Gaza war, would work to provide humanitarian relief to the people of Gaza and the reconstruction efforts in Gaza. .

“I believe that the Palestinians and Israelis also deserve to live safe and secure lives and enjoy equal degrees of freedom, prosperity and democracy,” Biden said.

“My administration will continue our silent, relentless diplomacy to the end. I believe we have a sincere opportunity to make progress and I am committed to working for that.”

This comes after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed that officials had agreed to a ceasefire with Hamas after 11 days of conflict.

A statement from his office said security ministers had agreed to “accept the Egyptian initiative for a ceasefire without any conditions, which will come into effect at an hour later”.

Netanyahu had earlier in a statement to the media that he ‘was determined to continue this operation until its purpose was achieved’ in an effort to ‘restore peace and security for you, the citizens of Israel’.

An official at Hamas, a designated terrorist group since 1997, tell Reuters they would enter a ‘mutual and simultaneous’ ceasefire on May 21 at 02:00.

Biden also praised Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi for playing a key role in breaking the protracted conflict.

The US president praised the efforts for peace, while also supporting Israel’s right to defend itself and the Jews and Arabs living within its borders against rocket attacks by terrorist groups.

Amid the conflict, Hamas began firing more than 4,000 rockets into Israeli civilian territory on May 10. Israel has responded with hundreds of airstrikes and several ground attacks to destroy the offending and supporting Hamas infrastructure.

Violence continued until minutes before the deadline for ceasefire. The Israeli army issued about 1:50 local time a statement on social media and declares that more rockets are being fired from Gaza to southern Israel.

Hamas has linked its rocket attack to weeks of tension over a court case to evict several Palestinian families in East Jerusalem, and in retaliation for Israeli police responding to Palestinian riots sparking unrest near the al-Aqsa, according to Netanyahu’s office. mosque in the city planned, the third Islam. holiest site, on May 10 during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Israel and Hamas have been at loggerheads since the terrorist group took control of Gaza in 2007. Israeli airstrikes in retaliation for rocket attacks by terrorist groups in Gaza are not uncommon.

According to the Gaza Ministry of Health, at least 230 Palestinians have been killed and 1,710 wounded, although this does not distinguish between civilians and fighters. Hamas and fellow terrorist group Islamic Jihad have declared at least 20 of their members killed, while Israeli officials have put the number much higher.

Twelve people in Israel, including a five-year-old boy, a 16-year-old girl and a soldier, were killed. The army said an anti-tank missile fired from Gaza hit an empty bus near the border on May 20 and lightly wounded an Israeli soldier.

Jack Phillips and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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