White House says second aircraft carrier around if Israel needs it

Sailors get ready around an F/A-18E Super Hornet on the US navy's super carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) ("Ike") in the Mediterranean Sea on July 6, 2016. (AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI)
Sailors get ready around an F/A-18E Super Hornet on the US navy's super carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) ("Ike") in the Mediterranean Sea on July 6, 2016. (AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI)

A second US aircraft carrier will be available to show support for Israel, the White House says, after a first vessel took up position in the region following the Hamas attacks.

The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower will be arriving in the Mediterranean soon on a pre-planned mission “and she certainly will be an available asset if needed,” National Security Council spokesman John Kirby says.

Kirby also says the US is “clearly concerned” by Hezbollah rocket attacks on northern Israel.

“We’ve been watching with concern some of the rocket attacks that come across the northern border of Israel from Lebanon, which obviously were coming from Hezbollah,” Kirby says.

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