US President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani spoke, according to the White House. The White House withheld information about the specifics of the phone call between the two parties, but rumours suggested that it covered the situation in Palestine. On October 7, 2023, the Hamas-affiliated “Al-Qassam Brigades” declared the beginning of “Operation Al-Aqsa Flood” against Israel. Thousands of rockets were fired in retaliation, killing, injuring, and kidnapping hundreds of Israeli soldiers. In response, Israel heavily bombed Gaza.