US backs Israel’s ‘right to self defense’ after rocket attacks


WASHINGTON, May 5, 2019 (BSS/AFP) – The United States condemns Gaza
militants’ rocket attacks on Israel and backs the Jewish state’s right to
self-defense, the State Department said Saturday.

Militants on Saturday fired some 250 rockets at Israel, which hit back with
air strikes that left multiple people dead.

“The United States strongly condemns the ongoing barrage of rocket attacks by
Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad from Gaza upon innocent civilians and
their communities across Israel.

We call on those responsible for the violence to cease this aggression
immediately,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a

“We stand with Israel and fully support its right to self defense against
these abhorrent attacks.”