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Gaza: Death toll near 200 as Biden speaks with Abbas, Netanyahu

US President Joe Biden, in a phone call with leadership of Palestine and Israel has expressed his “grave concern” after Israel continued unleashing its military power in besieged Gaza and occupied West Bank.  

At least 192 people, including 58 children and 34 women, have been killed in the Gaza Strip in the past week. More than 1,200 others have been wounded. In the occupied West Bank, Israeli forces have killed at least 13 Palestinians.

Speaking on the sixth day of a paroxysm of Israeli violence on Palestine , Biden repeated his “strong support” for Israel’s right to defend itself against rocket attacks by Hamas and other Palestinian resistance groups.

But he also raised concerns about the safety of journalists after Israeli planes flattened a building in Gaza housing The Associated Press, Al Jazeera and other media outlets, according to Saturday’s statement by White House.

Biden told Palestinian leader Abbas that Hamas must stop rocket attacks on Israel, the White House said.

The home of Gaza’s Hamas chief, Yehya al-Sinwar, was also targeted, according to the group’s media.

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