Israel-Gaza conflict: Joe Biden issues live statement – 'Tragic deaths of so many'

Mr Biden reinforced his stance while sending condolences to families of the victims. His remarks follow a ”mutual and simultaneous” ceasefire between the two sides.
Mr Biden said during a White House address: “The United States fully supports Israel’s right to defend itself against indiscriminate rocket attacks by Hamas and other Gaza-based terrorist groups that have taken the lives of innocent civilians.

“These hostilities have resulted in tragic deaths of so many civilians, including children, and I send my sincere condolences to all the families, Israeli and Palestinian, who have lost loved ones.”

Israel and Palestinian militant group Hamas announced the truce on Thursday, following a meeting of the Israeli security cabinet.

The international community had been mounting calls for a de-escalation of tensions in Gaza.

But according to Sky News’s Mark Stone, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is now “more powerful”.

The Middle East correspondent added that Hamas has seen its military capabilities degraded “massively”.

Mr Stone told Sky News viewers: “In terms of what’s been achieved, well politically Benjamin Netanyahu is now more powerful than he was 12 days ago when he was fighting for his political life.

“Militarily the Israelis have managed to degrade Hamas’s capabilities massively.

“However it is worth stressing they were surprised by how capable Hamas was at being able to strike places like Tel Aviv.”

In a statement announcing the truce, Israel’s security cabinet confirmed the move had been “accepted unanimously”.

The statement read “The Political Security Cabinet unanimously accepted the recommendation of all security officials, the chief of staff, the head of the Shin Bet [internal security agency], the head of the Mossad [foreign intelligence] and the head of the National Security Council, to accept the Egyptian initiative for a bilateral unconditional ceasefire, which will take effect at a later date.

“The chief of staff, the military echelon and the head of the GSS reviewed before the ministers Israel’s great achievements in the campaign, some of which were unprecedented.

“The political echelon emphasizes that the reality on the ground will determine the continuation of the campaign.”

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