US ‘stands with’ Israel after Tel Aviv and West Bank attacks
The United States (US) has said that it stands with Israel after deadly attacks in the West Bank and Tel Aviv as well as rocket fire from Lebanon caused havoc in the country.
Vedant Patel, Principal Deputy Spokesperson at the U.S. Department of State, reportedly said in a statement on Friday, “The targeting of innocent civilians of any nationality is unconscionable. The US stands with the government and people of Israel.” He went on to slam the attacks in the West Bank and Tel Aviv. He also sent his deepest condolences to the victims’ families who were affected by the attacks in the West Bank and Tel Aviv.
The US also supported Israel’s right to self-defence. Another State Department spokesperson also said, “As we urge de-escalation on all sides, we recognise Israel’s ability to exercise its inherent right to self-defence.”
On Wednesday, the Israeli police clashed with Palestinians inside Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque, raising tension in the region. The intense firing took place on Wednesday. The video of the Mosque went viral on social media platforms, which showed the explosions of fireworks inside the mosque. Al-Aqsa mosque is the third-holiest site for Muslims. However, the Jews considered it the Temple Mount, which is also the holiest site in Judaism.
On Friday, a militant attacked a Jewish settlement. It killed three people and injured eight others. Two British-Israeli nationals were shot dead in the West Bank, according to reports. Later on, an Italian tourist was killed in an attack on a promenade in Tel Aviv.
Reportedly, Friday’s attack came in response to a barrage of 34 rockets fired from Lebanon into northern Israel on Thursday. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned these recent attacks. He ordered the police and army to mobilise their reserves in order to protect civilians.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) wrote on Twitter that they struck “terrorist infrastructures belonging to Hamas” in Lebanon.