Biden tells Netanyahu he backs 'ceasefire' in Israel: W.House

Biden urges calm in first call with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

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The official Palestinian news agency said that US President Biden urged calm between Israel and Gaza on Saturday and reiterated support for the two-State solution in the first phone call with Palestinian President Abbas since taking office.

Biden sent a special envoy to work in the area on Friday to calm himself down.

Biden told Abbas the United States “is making efforts with the concerned parties to reach the goal” of reducing violence in the region, a summary of the call published by WAFA said.

Biden also said the United States opposes the eviction of Palestinians from East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah, the summary said.

President Biden also spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Saturday and raised concerns about civilian casualties in Gaza and the bombing of the building that housed AP and other media offices.

Since Monday, at least 144 people have been killed in Gaza, including 39 children and 22 women.

The Israeli army destroyed 13 floors of Al Jazeera TV in Qatar and the Associated Press of the U.S. News Agency in the Gaza Strip in an air strike on Saturday.

Israel “destroyed Jala Tower in the Gaza Strip, which contains the Al-Jazeera office and other international press offices,” Al-Jazeera said in a tweet, with an AP journalist saying the army had warned the tower’s owner ahead of the strike.

The building also contains many apartments and other offices.

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