The US said it will send an aircraft carrier, ships, and fighter fighters to the eastern Mediterranean, as well as extra weaponry and ammunition to Israel.
It comes in the wake of Hamas’s onslaught on southern Israel, which President Biden described as a “unprecedented and appalling assault.”
According to a US National Security official, many US citizens were among those killed.
According to Israel, around 700 people have been slain and 100 have been abducted.
According to Palestinian reports, more than 400 Palestinians have been murdered in Gaza as a result of retaliatory Israeli air attacks.
The USS Gerald R Ford aircraft carrier, a missile cruiser, and four missile destroyers are on their way to the region, according to US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. He also stated that fighter planes will be dispatched.
The White House indicated that further military help will be provided to Israel in the coming days, and that the US was working to guarantee that Israel’s opponents would not take advantage of the situation.
The big deployment underscores American worries that the confrontation between Israel and Hamas might destabilize the area.
The US is especially keen to keep Lebanon’s powerful Hezbollah organization out of the battle. It has the support of Iran, which also supports and arms Hamas.
Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi has backed the Hamas strike, saying Israel must be held accountable for threatening the region.
Hamas has claimed that Iran assisted it in carrying out its offensive, which included missiles, drones, and militants on paragliders and saw hundreds of terrorists breach past Israeli border barriers around the Gaza Strip.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated that while there was no proof of direct Iranian participation, Iran has been assisting the Gaza-based organisation for years.
“Hamas would not be Hamas without the support it has received from Iran over the years.” We haven’t seen any concrete proof that Iran was behind or engaged in this specific attack. “However, the long-term support is clear,” he told US television.
Iran denied involvement in the strike on Israel at a UN Security Council meeting.
Hundreds of individuals remain unaccounted for. Hersh Golberg-Polin, a 23-year-old American-Israeli, was at a music event in the desert when it was besieged by militants.
His parents informed the Jerusalem Post that he sent them two texts that said, “I love you” and “I’m sorry.”
Other missing North Americans, like peace campaigner Vivian Silver, have also been reported missing.
According to a friend of the 75-year-old Canadian, Ms Silver contacted her sister on Saturday morning to warn Palestinian terrorists were at her door.
“There was screaming and yelling and Vivian was fighting and then the phone went dead,” he went on to say.
Michael Herzog, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, told CBS News that he believed Americans were among the troops and civilians kidnapped in southern Israel but had no further information.
Every year, the United States gives billions of dollars in military aid to Israel, a close partner. Since World War II, Israel has received the most foreign aid from the United States.
The United Nations Security Council will convene in New York soon to examine the bloodshed between Israel and Gaza.