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US President Joe Biden lands in Tel Aviv as tension escalates after deadly attack on Gaza hospital I WATCH

Israel-Hamas War: US President Joe Biden lands in Israel to show solidarity with the people of the country in the aftermath of the deadliest terrorist attack by Hamas militants. According to the statement released by the White House, Biden will ask tough questions to the PM over the hospital attack.

Ajeet Kumar Edited By: Ajeet Kumar @Ajeet1994 Tel Aviv Updated on: October 18, 2023 15:41 IST
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu welcomes US President Joe Biden as he lands in Tel Aviv.
Image Source : INDIA TV Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu welcomes US President Joe Biden as he lands in Tel Aviv.

US President Joe Biden, on Wednesday, landed in war-torn Israel's Tel Aviv airport where he was received by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and senior officials. He was earlier scheduled to visit Jordan where he would meet several Middle East leaders, however, a deadly attack on a hospital in Gaza "forced them" to cancel the much-awaited meeting.

Before leaving Washington, Biden, in a statement, denounced the killings of over 500 civilians in a Gaza hospital. Since the deadly attack, both Israeli Defence Forces and Hamas militants have started blaming each other for the airstrike. This prompted Biden to harshen his words for IDF and asserted he would ask "tough questions" from Netanyahu.   

“I am outraged and deeply saddened by the explosion at the Al Ahli Arab hospital in Gaza, and the terrible loss of life that resulted. Immediately upon hearing this news, I spoke with King Abdullah II of Jordan, and Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel and have directed my national security team to continue gathering information about what exactly happened,” Biden said in a statement minutes before he boarded Air Force One for Israel.

It appears 'other team' is responsible for Gaza hospital deaths, says Biden

“The United States stands unequivocally for the protection of civilian life during conflict and we mourn the patients, medical staff and other innocents killed or wounded in this tragedy,” Biden said.

After holding a joint press conference with Netanyahu, President Biden said that the explosion at al-Ahli hospital in Gaza appears to have been caused by Gaza terror groups and not Israel, Times of Israel reported. “I was deeply saddened and outraged by the explosion at the hospital in Gaza yesterday. Based on what I’ve seen, it appears it was done by the other team, and not you,” he says, publicly endorsing Israel’s version of events.

Also Read: Israel-Hamas War: Over 2,000 troops, warships and aircraft on high alert after Gaza hospital attack

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