- President Biden spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urging deescalation of the conflict but pledging US support for Israel’s right to self-defense, and Secretary of State Antony Blinken has called Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, also calling for a deescalation of the conflict
- An Israeli airstrike took out Hamas’ top terror leader in Gaza, prompting militants to fire more rockets
- The IDF reported 6 Israeli civilian deaths and said one of its military members had also been killed
Hamas’ rocket barrages have been linked to Iranian equipment, money and expertise, according to Conricus – but the IDF believes Hamas made the decision to go on the offensive on its own due to internal political conflict with the rival Palestinian Authority and other domestic issues.
Fox News’ Kelly Laco contributed to this report.
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