by Lauren Sforza at The Hill
Nine Americans have been killed in Israel as the nation reels from the deadly attacks launched by the Palestinian militant group Hamas over the weekend, a State Department spokesperson confirmed Monday.
“Yes, I can confirm that nine Americans unfortunately have lost their lives as a result of these horrific attacks in the region,” State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said on CNN. “We are in close contact with the government of Israel as they continue to conduct security operations to locate missing US citizens, missing Israeli citizens.”
Hamas launched an unprecedented attack on Israel on Saturday, prompting Israel to declare war on the group and order retaliatory action. The death toll continues to climb, with about 700 people dead in Israel and nearly 500 fatalities in Gaza.
It’s unclear how many Americans are in Israel at this time,…