White House calls for calm as violence flares between Gaza, Israel

The White House Friday called on Israelis and Palestinians to
avoid further escalation as the conflict in Gaza threatened to
spiral out of control after a senior militant was killed during
Israeli air strikes, Trend reports citing Al

“We’re actively engaged with Israelis and Palestinians and
regional partners to work towards achieving a calm in the wake of
the strikes, and we certainly urge all sides to avoid further
escalation,” National Security Council spokesman John Kirby

Speaking to reporters, Kirby said the US stood by Israel and
remained “unwavering” in its commitment to Israel’s security. “We
absolutely fully support Israel’s right to defend itself against
terrorist groups that have taken the lives of innocent civilians in
Israel,” he added.

Israel carried out air strikes in Gaza on Friday, which resulted
in the killing of a senior commander in the Palestinian Islamic
Jihad (PIJ), Tayseer al-Jabari.

The PIJ vowed to respond and threatened an all-out war,
promising to send rockets into Tel Aviv.

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