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Pentagon Promises ‘Ironclad Support’ of Israel Amid Conflict With Palestinians

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Wednesday stressed the United States has “ironclad support” for Israel’s right to defend itself amid a military conflict with Hamas, according to a statement from the Pentagon. It comes as Israeli officials said that 16 members of the Hamas armed wing were killed by airstrikes—coming after Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists fired numerous rockets into Israel. A Department of Defense spokesman, John Kirby, confirmed Austin spoke with Israeli Minister of Defense Benny Gantz on Wednesday and said “Austin conveyed the Department’s ironclad support for Israel’s legitimate right to defend itself and its people.” Austin, meanwhile “strongly condemned the launching of rockets by Hamas and other terrorists groups that targeted Israeli civilians,” according to Kirby. “He reiterated the importance of all involved parties to take steps to restore calm.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday confirmed the brigade commander for Gaza City was among senior members …

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