• Biden announced $100 million in humanitarian aid for Palestinian civilians.
  • His remarks come over a week after Israel declared war against militant group Hamas.
  • Israel ordered the evacuation of one million Palestinians in Gaza as it prepared to escalate attacks.

With the war between Israel and Hamas approaching its two-week mark, President Joe Biden announced humanitarian aid to Palestinian civilians harmed in the conflict.

On Wednesday, Biden arrived in Israel following militant group Hamas’ attack on southern towns in Israel last week. Since then, thousands of Israeli and Palestinian civilians have died as a result of the war, and as it prepared to escalate attacks on Hamas, Israel ordered the evacuation of over one million Palestinian civilians in Gaza.

The evacuation order prompted concerns from the United Nations, which said Israel was breaching international law by forcing civilians to leave through a dangerous warzone without access to food, water, or electricity. Some Democratic lawmakers called for Biden to get emergency aid to those civilians, and the president confirmed he would be doing so during his Wednesday remarks.

“Today I’m also announcing $100 million in new US funding for humanitarian assistance in both Gaza and the West Bank. This money will support more than 1 million displaced in conflict affected Palestinians, including emergency needs in Gaza,” Biden said.

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