By Enyichukwu Enemanna
President of the United States, Joe Biden has backed Israel’s claims that Hamas carried out the bombing of a hospital in Gaza on Tuesday that killed between 200 and 300 people.
Biden who also assured that Washington would work with Israel to prevent civilian deaths ahead of a planned land bombardment by Israeli forces, made these remarks on Wednesday while in Israel on a solidarity visit to Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.
“We will continue to have your back. As you work to defend your people, we will continue to work with you and partners across the region to prevent more tragedy to innocent civilians,” Biden said on Wednesday after meeting Netanyahu’s war cabinet in Tel Aviv.
Earlier, Netanyahu renewed charges that Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip and launched a deadly assault inside Israel on October 7, deliberately puts civilians near targets in the hope of using them as shields.
“As we proceed in this war, Israel will do everything it can to keep civilians out of harm’s way.
“We have asked them and we’ll continue to ask them to move to safer areas. We will continue to work with you, Mr. President, to assure that the minimum requirements are met,” Netanyahu told Biden.
Biden arrived Israel in a major demonstration of solidarity following the deadly Hamas assault that killed several hundreds of persons, a development that prompted an Israeli air campaign and the threat of a ground offensive in the Gaza Strip.
According to Israel, Islamic Jihad militants misfired a missile.
“The entire world was rightfully outraged,” Netanyahu said of the hospital strike. “But this outrage should be directed not at Israel, but at the terrorists.