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Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Sunday the U.S. has received reports of Americans either killed or detained in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Gaza, promising that the rescue of any citizens held in either country will be a domestic priority.
“We have reports that several Americans were killed. We’re working overtime to verify that,” Blinken said on CNN’s State of the Union. “At the same time, there are reports of missing Americans and there again, we’re working to verify those reports.”
Blinken reiterated the promise to verify reports on Meet the Press and Face the Nation. The violence in Israel and Gaza has left hundreds dead and thousands injured since Saturday, according to The New York Times, when Hamas terrorists launched attacks by air, land, and sea on Israeli cities and took scores of soldiers and citizens hostage. Israel responded with bomb strikes along the Gaza Strip, and its security cabinet declared a state of war on Sunday.