Americans Feared Dead and Missing in Israel; Blinken Addresses Ongoing Conflict

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken disclosed that the Biden administration suspects that multiple Americans have been killed and are missing in the ongoing conflict in Israel. Hamas initiated a surprise attack on Israel, leading to more than 600 Israeli citizens killed and 2,000 wounded. Israel formally declared war for the first time since 1973. The Palestinian death toll stands at over 313, with 1,990 reported missing, including children. Blinken condemned the violence and emphasized U.S. support for Israel. He noted the difference between this conflict and past ones, emphasizing the massive terrorist attack on Israeli civilians. Concerns have arisen about Hezbollah’s involvement and potential motivations for Hamas’ assault. Blinken refuted claims of U.S. financing of the war.