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U.S. backs Israel’s right to self-defense

The United States said Israel has the right to defend itself against
Palestinian rocket attacks but praised the Jewish state for its “great
restraint” in recent days.Hamas, engaged in an internecine struggle with Fatah in the Gaza Strip,
has fired dozens of rockets into the southern Israeli town
of Sderot and the western Negev since Tuesday. Israel has responded in
the last two days with a series of air strikes in Gaza that have killed
nine and wounded dozens.”Israel has the right to defend itself, and it has exercised great restraint in the face of these rocket attacks” by Hamas, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack told reporters Thursday, according to Reuters.