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Biden Secures Egypt Deal for Israel-Gaza Aid Access

The provided text appears to be a news article reporting on U.S. President Joe Biden’s actions and statements regarding the situation in Gaza amid the Israel-Hamas conflict. Here’s a revised version of the text:

“U.S. President Joe Biden has reached an agreement with Egypt to provide limited aid to Gaza in an effort to alleviate the humanitarian crisis that has arisen during the Israel-Hamas conflict.

During his visit to Tel Aviv, President Biden asserted Israel’s right to respond to the initial Hamas attack that triggered the ongoing hostilities. He expressed his concern that Israel had been unfairly victimized but also urged against allowing anger to dominate the situation.

President Biden supported Israel’s assertion that an explosion at Gaza’s Al-Ahli Arab Hospital on Tuesday was not the result of an Israeli airstrike. Palestinian officials blamed Israel for the incident, which claimed the lives of 471 people, further escalating tensions in the region.

However, during his brief visit to Tel Aviv, President Biden endorsed Israel’s claim that the explosion likely resulted from a misfiring Palestinian rocket. He expressed deep sadness and outrage at the tragic event.

The responsibility for the blast was disputed, with Israel pointing to Islamic Jihad, another militant group operating in Gaza, although Islamic Jihad denied involvement. Israel also contested the Palestinian-reported death toll, suggesting that “several dozen people” may have been killed.

While returning home, President Biden discussed providing aid for Gaza with Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi over the phone. President Biden confirmed that Mr. Sisi agreed to open the Rafah crossing from Egypt to Gaza, allowing approximately 20 trucks carrying humanitarian aid into the territory. Egypt and the U.S. committed to providing sustainable aid to Gaza, but no specific timeline for the border crossing’s opening was given.

President Biden also pledged $100 million in U.S. funding to support Palestinian civilians. It was reported that the U.S. president was considering seeking $10 billion in aid for Israel from Congress.

The humanitarian situation in Gaza remains dire, with shortages of food, water, fuel, medicine, and other essentials resulting from Israel’s blockade of the enclave. The conflict began when Hamas, the Palestinian militant group, launched an unprecedented incursion from Gaza, resulting in the deaths of 1,400 people. In retaliation, Israeli strikes on Gaza have claimed the lives of at least 3,000 people, and more than a million Palestinians have been displaced from their homes within Gaza.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed that Israel would allow supplies to reach the civilian population in southern Gaza from Egypt, but Israel insisted on the release of hostages held by Hamas as a precondition for permitting aid to pass through its own territory. Israel claimed that nearly 200 people had been abducted by Hamas.

President Biden is scheduled to address the nation from the White House, discussing the response to Hamas’s terrorist attacks against Israel and Russia’s ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

During his visit to Tel Aviv, President Biden and Prime Minister Netanyahu held a joint news conference, with President Biden drawing a parallel between the Hamas attack on Israel and the 9/11 attacks in the United States. He cautioned against allowing rage to consume the situation, drawing on the U.S. experience following 9/11 and the need to seek justice without making mistakes.

Regarding the hospital explosion, President Biden conveyed to Prime Minister Netanyahu that based on the information he had seen, it appeared that the incident was caused by a group other than Israel. When asked about his conclusion, President Biden referenced data provided by the U.S. Department of Defense, indicating that Washington had its own intelligence, in addition to Israel’s, suggesting “high confidence” that Israel was not responsible and that an errant rocket fired by a group in Gaza was the likely cause.

President Biden had planned to continue his trip from Israel to Jordan for meetings with King Abdullah, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, and Egypt’s President Sisi. However, this part of the trip was canceled in the aftermath of the hospital explosion, with Jordan condemning it as a “great calamity and a heinous war crime.” The cancellation was described as a mutual decision by both parties.”

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John Collins
John Collins
John is an esteemed journalist and author renowned for their incisive reporting and deep insights into global affairs. As a prominent contributor to City Telegraph, John brings over 5 years of experience covering diverse geopolitical landscapes, from the corridors of power in major capitals to the frontlines of conflict zones.

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