US State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller has confirmed that at least nine Americans were killed in the attack by Hamas terrorists on Israel, according to CNN.
This is an increase from the four deaths originally reported by US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer earlier in the day. Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated that the US is "working overtime" to verify reports of missing and dead Americans in the aftermath of the attack, which is being described as unprecedented.
The toll from the attack is expected to rise as more information becomes available.US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has stated that while it has been confirmed that several Americans were killed in the attack, the US government is still working to verify reports of missing Americans.
The attack has been described as unprecedented, and the death toll is expected to rise as more information becomes available. Meanwhile, Israel has ordered a complete siege in Gaza, and CNN has reported that the death toll has now risen to nine.
The US Embassy in Jerusalem has updated its contingency planning in case an evacuation is necessary, and has issued a "shelter in place" order for its personnel.