A US State Department spokesman said that 29 American citizens were killed in attacks launched by the Hamas movement in Israel.
The spokesman added in a statement reported by the American website “Axios”, that “the United States was aware of the presence of 15 citizens and legal permanent residents missing,” and that it was “working around the clock” to determine their whereabouts.
He continued that the United States is working with the Israeli government on every aspect of the hostage crisis, including intelligence sharing.
On Wednesday, US President Joe Biden said that American citizens are also “among the hostages” held by Hamas in Gaza.
Hamas was able to capture an undeclared number of Israelis during its attack on the settlements surrounding the Gaza Strip, with the start of Operation Al-Aqsa Flood.
On Monday, Hamas announced that it would not negotiate a prisoner exchange under fire, according to a televised speech by the military spokesman for the Al-Qassam Brigades, the movement’s military arm.
At dawn on Sunday, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin announced that a second US aircraft carrier would be sent to the eastern Mediterranean to “deter hostile actions against Israel.”
Austin announced in a statement by the US Department of Defense (the Pentagon) that he had directed the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (CSG) to begin moving to the eastern Mediterranean, after announcing on Wednesday the arrival of the US aircraft carrier Gerald Ford to the region. .
On October 7, Hamas and other Palestinian factions in Gaza launched Operation “Al-Aqsa Flood,” in response to “the continuing attacks by Israeli forces and settlers against the Palestinian people, their property, and their sanctities, especially Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem.”
On the other hand, the Israeli army launched Operation Iron Swords and continues to launch intensive raids on many areas in the Gaza Strip, which is inhabited by more than two million Palestinians who suffer from deteriorating living conditions as a result of an ongoing Israeli siege since 2006.
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