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The first time US troops have been killed by enemy fire in the Middle East since the start of the Gaza conflict, US President Joe Biden promised to hold “to account” anyone guilty for a drone attack on a US outpost in Jordan that resulted in the deaths of three US Army soldiers and the injuries of at least 34 more.

Eight staff members needed to be medically evacuated from Jordan, according to US Central Command, which also verified the deaths. The number of wounded is expected to rise.

An umbrella organization for multiple militias supported by Iran in Iraq, the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, reported that on Sunday it attacked various locations along the Jordan-Syria border, including a camp close to the US base in Jordan where soldiers were slain.

According to US sources, militants backed by Iran fired the drone that murdered US service personnel at Tower 22, and it looked to be coming from Syria. The US administration has not yet identified the particular militia that they believe is to fault.

Iran denies having any involvement in the assault.

The following are additional headlines from the area:

A fear of an all-out war: The US has been concentrating on deterrence in the area for weeks in an effort to keep the Gaza War from escalating into a larger regional confrontation, which is why the attack occurred. According to reports, the Iranian-backed paramilitary group Hezbollah retaliated against fresh strikes by the Israeli military on Sunday in southern Lebanon.

Aid halted: Due to claims that staff members participated in Hamas’ October 7 strikes on Israel, the principal UN organization in Gaza is pleading with nations to reevaluate suspending financial support. As the humanitarian crisis worsens in the beleaguered Palestinian enclave, Japan has become the latest in a growing list of nations, including the US, Germany, and Canada, to cut off financing to UNRWA, which employs some 13,000 people in Gaza.

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IDF information: According to an Israeli official speaking to CNN, the head of Israel’s Military information Directorate met with senior US officials on Friday to exchange intelligence regarding UNRWA staff members who are suspected of being involved in the Hamas attacks. There are not many specifics about the accusations. However, the official stated that “solid intelligence from different sources” had been transmitted, mentioning “specific names and which organizations they are affiliated with… and what exactly they did on October 7.”

Fighting in Gaza: As medical supplies run low, fierce fighting outside the Nasser and Al-Amal hospitals in the southern city of Khan Younis persisted on Sunday. According to the IDF, Hamas fighters are stationed close to the hospitals, and it is working with hospital administrators to keep them open and permit civilians to leave. In recent days, Palestinian medical professionals have refuted those allegations, characterizing the state of affairs as a siege.

Hostage talks: The Israeli prime minister’s office stated that although the conference to negotiate a hostage agreement and a ceasefire in Gaza was “defined as constructive,” “significant gaps” still exist. Representatives from Qatar, Israel, the US, and Egypt convened in Paris on Sunday. This week, the parties will meet more often, according to Israel.

Protesters obstruct help: On Sunday, Israeli demonstrators prevented aid trucks from entering Gaza through the Kerem Shalom gate, demanding that captives in Gaza be released prior to the delivery of additional aid to the region. Days have passed since the protests were started by the relatives of Israeli hostages detained in Gaza.

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