US president, Joe Biden, hailed a ceasefire reached between Israel and Palestinian militants, pledging humanitarian aid to Gaza. Speaking from the White House, Biden said the US would also replenish Israel’s Iron Dome missile-defence system. Biden said he was in contact with the Israeli prime ministe,r Benjamin Netanyahu, during the 11 days of violence as well as Egyptian president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi. ‘I believe the Palestinians and Israelis equally deserve to live safely and securely, and enjoy equal measures of freedom, prosperity, and democracy. My administration will continue our quiet, relentless diplomacy towards that end,’ he said

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