Biden speaks with Israel's Netanyahu and Palestinian's Abbas -White House

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about the COVID-19 response in Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden spoke with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the White House said on Saturday, as the Israel-Hamas conflict continued to rage and destroyed a tower block that housed news media organizations.

Israel pounded Gaza on Saturday, destroying the tower while Palestinian rocket salvoes hit Tel Aviv with no sign of an end to almost a week of fighting.

Biden reaffirmed the United States "strong support for Israel's right to defend itself against rocket attacks from Hamas" in his call with Netanyahu. (This story refiles to correct headline to 'Palestinian's Abbas')

(Reporting by Nandita Bose in Washington; Editing by Chris Reese)

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