“Prime Minister Netanyahu thanked the president for the support of the United States for our right to defend ourselves,” the readout said.

Reuters | , Jerusalem

PUBLISHED ON MAY 15, 2021 11:37 PM IST

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told US President Joe Biden on Saturday that Israel “is doing everything to avoid harming” people who are not involved in its fighting with Hamas and other groups in Gaza.

According to a summary of the phone call released by Netanyahu’s office, the Israeli premier told Biden that “the uninvolved were evacuated” from a Gaza tower block that housed media offices as well as other offices and apartments and that was destroyed earlier in the day in an Israeli air strike.

“Prime Minister Netanyahu thanked the president for the support of the United States for our right to defend ourselves,” the readout said.

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