US reaffirms ‘ironclad support’ for Israeli attacks against Palestinians in Gaza
US national security advisor Jake Sullivan has reaffirmed Washington’s firm support for the Israeli regime and its “right to self-defense” against retaliatory rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip.
Sullivan made the remarks in a phone call with his Israeli counterpart Tzachi Hanegbi on Thursday, where they discussed the situation in Gaza and the exchange of fire between Palestinian resistance groups and the occupying regime.
In a statement, the White House said Sullivan emphasized “the US government’s ironclad support for Israel’s security, as well as its right to defend its people from indiscriminate rocket attacks.”
“Sullivan also pointed to the continuation of regional efforts to broker a ceasefire and emphasized the need to de-escalate tensions and prevent further loss of life,” the statement added.
It came hours after the Israeli regime targeted a building in Hamad Residential City, near Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, killing three Palestinians, including a top commander of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad resistance movement.
The Israeli media reported that the Israeli army was preparing for a broad response from the Islamic Jihad, after the assassination of ts senior commander.
The Israeli regime has been staging back-to-back aerial assaults against the blockaded Palestinian enclave since Tuesday.
At least 25 Palestinians have been martyred and dozens of others injured as a result of the incessant aggression.
The fatalities include three other senior commanders of the Islamic Jihad as well as their wives and children.
Israel’s continuous attacks have drawn widespread international condemnation, with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urging the occupying regime to “immediately” stop the bloodshed.
On Wednesday, Palestinian resistance groups in Gaza fired a new batch of retaliatory rockets toward Israeli cities, including Tel Aviv, in response to the regime’s deadly air raids.
Israel has admitted that at least 500 rockets were fired toward the occupied territories from the besieged Gaza Strip.