Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) late Sunday described the Hamas assault on Israel as “coronary heart wrenching” and “unprecedented.”
“The viciousness and brutality of this unprecedented assault from Hamas focusing on harmless civilians — youngsters, households, seniors — is overwhelming and coronary heart wrenching,” Schumer, who’s in Beijing for a gathering with Chinese language President Xi Jinping, wrote in an announcement.
Schumer mentioned he acquired a briefing Sunday night by senior nationwide safety and State Division officers.
He additionally mentioned that Protection Division officers informed him that “they’re giving Israel every part they want” and are “surging assist.”
“I requested them if they’ve denied any requests that Israel has made, they usually mentioned no,” Schumer mentioned.
“I urged them to make sure Israel has every part it wants to guard itself, and reiterated that the Senate stands able to ship on extra wants,” he added.
Schumer additionally mentioned he was working to rearrange a categorised briefing for senators of their respective states. And he confirmed a minimum of 4 American deaths, saying, “The Administration informed us that they know of 4 so far, however, sadly, we all know the toll will rise.”
“The Administration mentioned they’re preserving a cautious eye on Iran and preserving all strain on them and their proxies to make sure the scenario doesn’t develop,” he mentioned. “I’ll proceed to remain in shut contact with Biden Administration nationwide safety officers in addition to senior members of the Israeli authorities and monitor this case on an ongoing foundation.”
Schumer’s remarks got here after Hamas launched an enormous assault on Israel by sea, air, and on the bottom, leading to a minimum of 700 Israeli deaths. Hamas additionally took Israeli hostages into Gaza.
Israel’s protection minister on Monday ordered a “full siege” on the densely populated Gaza Strip. The announcement got here as Israel scoured the south in search of Hamas fighters.
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