This Saturday the United States is sending its second aircraft carrier strike group to the eastern Mediterranean in “Preventing actions against Israel or any efforts aimed at expanding the war after Hamas attacks”said Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.
The aircraft carrier “USS Eisenhower” and its warships will join another strike group that has been deployed in the region after Hamas attacked Israel a week ago and amid Israel’s response.
The deployment signals Washington’s “unwavering commitment to Israel’s security and our determination to deter any state or non-state actor seeking to escalate this war,” Austin said in a statement.
Within a week Israel launched deadly attacks triggered after Hamas fighters crossed the fortified border between the Gaza Strip and Israel and killed more than 1,300 people.
In Gaza, according to health authorities, more than 2,200 people died. As for the Israeli side, the majority are civilians.
The United States sent ammunition to Israel and warned other countries not to escalate the conflict.
On the same day as the announcement of the second aircraft carrier, President Joe Biden emphasized in a call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the support of the United States for the efforts of protecting civilians amid the bombing of Gaza.
“President Biden expressed his support for all efforts to protect civilians,” the White House said in a statement about that call, without making specific reference to the enclave.
Biden also spoke on Saturday with the leader of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, for the first time since the fighting began, condemning the “brutal attack by Hamas on Israel.”