Airstrike on Gaza tower hit targeted people – Netanyahu says as Biden calls Israel and Abbas

Israeli Prime MinisterBenjamin Netanyahu told President Joe Biden that “the uninvolved were evacuated” from a Gaza tower housing media outlets before ’s devastating and widely-condemned airstrike on Saturday.

The Israeli said his military “is doing everything to avoid harming” people not involved in its with Hamas and other groups in Gaza.

In response, Biden reaffirmed the “strong support for ’s right to defend itself against rocket attacks from Hamas,” officials said.

Biden also called Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for the first time since he entered the White House Oval Office in January.

The conversation came amid heavy between and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip.

Biden spoke to the Palestinian leader and Israeli PM by telephone after airstrike on building used by media.

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