/ 20 May 2021

Lebanon enters the fray

In a development overnight, Israel has fired rockets at targets in Lebanon in response to four being launched from Lebanese territory. It’s not been confirmed who in Lebanon made the strike, but no damage has been reported on either side. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu says he is “determined to carry on” with the campaign of airstrikes until “calm and security are restored to Israeli citizens”. Overnight, US President Joe Biden has told Netanyahu that he expects a “significant de-escalation” in the conflict with Hamas. America is a staunch ally of Israel, but the New York Times reports that Biden has had strong words with Netanyahu privately while maintaining a diplomatic front of support.

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