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Western leaders express support for Israel’s ‘right to defend itself’

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The leaders of the US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, and Italy spoke on Sunday about the Israel-Gaza conflict and the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip.

A statement from the White House said President Joe Biden, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, and the other leaders used the call “reiterate their support for Israel and its right to defend itself against terrorism” but called for “adherence to international humanitarian law, including the protection of civilians”.

“They welcomed the release of two hostages and called for the immediate release of all remaining hostages,” the statement added.

“The leaders welcomed the announcement of the first humanitarian convoys to reach Palestinians in need in Gaza and committed to continue coordinating with partners in the region to ensure sustained and safe access to food, water, medical care, and other assistance required to meet humanitarian needs.


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