WATCH: Pentagon holds briefing as Israel says it has struck Hamas targets in Gaza


Pentagon spokesperson Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder held a news briefing on Tuesday as Israel says it has struck Hamas targets in Gaza.

Watch the briefing in the player above.

Ryder said the total number of rocket and drone attacks on U.S. bases in Iraq and Syria has risen to 27, including 6 small scale attacks that have taken place since U.S. warplanes struck weapons storage areas for Iranian-backed militias in Syria last week.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Antony Blinken are urging an increasingly divided Congress to immediately send major aid to both Israel and Ukraine. They said at a Senate hearing on Tuesday that in addition to helping the two countries in their fights against Hamas and Russia, broad support for the foreign aid would send a vital signal of strength to U.S. adversaries worldwide.

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The leaders’ testimony comes as the administration’s massive $105 billion emergency aid request for conflicts in those countries and others has hit roadblocks.

There is bipartisan support in the Democratic-led Senate for sending aid to both countries. But in the Republican-led House, new Speaker Mike Johnson has proposed focusing on Israel alone.

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