United States (US) President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday (29/10) morning discussed developments in Gaza by telephone, the White House said in a statement.
“The President emphasized that Israel has the right and responsibility to protect its citizens from terrorism,” the statement said.
The White House added that Biden also underscored the need to do so in a manner consistent with international humanitarian law that prioritizes the protection of civilians.
Biden and Netanyahu then discussed efforts being made to find and secure the release of hostages, including Americans, who remain unaccounted for and may be being held by Hamas.
“The President underscored the need to immediately and significantly increase the flow of humanitarian assistance to meet the needs of civilians in Gaza,” the White House said.
The two leaders agreed to continue holding regular consultations, both directly and through their respective national security teams regarding the situation in the Gaza Strip. (em/lt)