Biden reiterates support for Israel, emphasizes need for humanitarian aid in Gaza: Full war coverage

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Israel continued to pound Gaza on Wednesday, launching more airstrikes ahead of a possible ground invasion as the conflict with Hamas entered its 19th day.

Speaking from the White House on Wednesday, President Biden emphasized the need for humanitarian aid to enter Gaza while reiterating his support for Israel, saying: "Israel has the right, and I would add, responsibility to respond to the slaughter of their people.”

Israel has reportedly agreed to a request by the United States to delay its ground offensive to allow more time for hostage negotiations, humanitarian aid to reach civilians in Gaza and for the U.S. to move air defense systems into the region.

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