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Blinken set to visit Israel – US State Department


US Secretary of State Antony Blinken plans to travel to Israel after the large-scale attack by Hamas.

State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said in Washington on Tuesday that Blinken, who is scheduled to arrive on Thursday, would meet with Israeli counterparts to discuss the situation and how best to support Israel “in their fight against the terrorists who launched these horrific attacks.”

Miller made the announcement soon after a speech from US President Joe Biden pledging support to Israel and condemning the attacks.

Before those talks, Blinken had participated in a video call along with Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and Israeli officials including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Meanwhile, Israel had said the border fence with Gaza was now secure as it continued strikes against Hamas positions in the enclaveImage.

The US, UK, Germany, France and Italy have pledged support for Israel.

Israel said its south was now largely secure after Hamas fighters infiltrated by land, air and sea.

More than 1,000 people have died in Israel and around 830 in Gaza, according to authorities on both sides.

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