Aftermath of an Israeli strike in Gaza

U.S. says it supports Israel's right to defend itself, urges no more escalation

State Department says concerned about reports of civilian deaths and calls for 'timely and thorough' probe into casualties; Washington in touch with Israeli and Mideast officials to tamp down tensions

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Published: 08.07.22, 09:53
The United States fully supported Israel's right to defend itself, the State Department said on Saturday, and it urged all sides to avoid further escalation as Israeli air strikes pounded Gaza while the militant Islamic Jihad group fired rockets into Israel.
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  • At least 24 Palestinians, including six children, have been killed and 203 wounded during the two days of firing, according to the Gaza health ministry.
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    הריסות הבניין בו חוסל חאלד מנסור מהג'יהאד האיסלאמי שחוסל בתקיפת צה"ל
    הריסות הבניין בו חוסל חאלד מנסור מהג'יהאד האיסלאמי שחוסל בתקיפת צה"ל
    Aftermath of an Israeli strike in Gaza
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    The State Department also said it was concerned about reports of civilian deaths and called for "a timely and thorough" probe into those casualties. It did not elaborate.
    Palestinian militants fired over 400 rockets at Israel - most of them intercepted, setting off air raid sirens and sending people running to bomb shelters. There were no reports of serious casualties, the Israeli ambulance service Magen David Adom said.
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    ירי רקטות לעבר ישראל
    Rocket fire from Gaza
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    A State Department spokesperson said the United States was in touch with Israeli officials and others in the region to prevent further escalation.
    Two Egyptian security sources said that an Egyptian intelligence delegation headed by Major General Ahmed Abdelkhaliq arrived in Israel on Saturday and would be traveling to Gaza for mediation talks. They were hoping to secure a day's ceasefire in order to carry out the talks, the sources added.
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