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Simone Biles shines in return while Gabby Douglas scratches after a shaky start at the U.S. Classic

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Simone Biles shines in return while Gabby Douglas scratches after a shaky start at the U.S. Classic
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Simone Biles shines in return while Gabby Douglas scratches after a shaky start at the U.S. Classic

2024-05-19 20:33 Last Updated At:20:40

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Simone Biles certainly looks ready for Paris with more than two months to go before the Olympic games begin.

The gymnastics superstar began her bid for a third Olympic team looking as dominant as ever at the U.S. Classic on Saturday, posting an all-around score of 59.500, nearly two points clear of runner-up Shilese Jones.

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Jordan Chiles competes in the floor exercise during the U.S. Classic gymnastics event Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Simone Biles certainly looks ready for Paris with more than two months to go before the Olympic games begin.

Skye Blakely competes on the floor exercise during the U.S. Classic gymnastics event Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Skye Blakely competes on the floor exercise during the U.S. Classic gymnastics event Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Simone Biles watches the scoreboard during the U.S. Classic gymnastics event Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Simone Biles watches the scoreboard during the U.S. Classic gymnastics event Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Sunisa Lee competes in the floor exercise during the U.S. Classic gymnastics event Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Sunisa Lee competes in the floor exercise during the U.S. Classic gymnastics event Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Jade Carey competes in the floor exercise during the U.S. Classic gymnastics event Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Jade Carey competes in the floor exercise during the U.S. Classic gymnastics event Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Sunisa Lee competes in the floor exercise during the U.S. Classic gymnastics event Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Sunisa Lee competes in the floor exercise during the U.S. Classic gymnastics event Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Konnor McClain competes on the balance beam during the U.S. Classic gymnastics event Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Konnor McClain competes on the balance beam during the U.S. Classic gymnastics event Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Dulcy Taylor competes on the balance beam during the U.S. Classic gymnastics event Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Dulcy Taylor competes on the balance beam during the U.S. Classic gymnastics event Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Jade Carey competes in the floor exercise during the U.S. Classic gymnastics event Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Jade Carey competes in the floor exercise during the U.S. Classic gymnastics event Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Gabby Douglas steps away from the uneven bars during the U.S. Classic gymnastics event Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Gabby Douglas steps away from the uneven bars during the U.S. Classic gymnastics event Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Gabby Douglas competes on the uneven bars during the U.S. Classic gymnastics event Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Gabby Douglas competes on the uneven bars during the U.S. Classic gymnastics event Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Simone Biles competes on the balance beam during the U.S. Classic gymnastics event Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Simone Biles competes on the balance beam during the U.S. Classic gymnastics event Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Simone Biles prepares to compete on the balance beam during the U.S. Classic gymnastics event Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Simone Biles prepares to compete on the balance beam during the U.S. Classic gymnastics event Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

The 27-year-old Biles, the 2016 Olympic champion, recorded the highest score on vault and floor exercise and came in second on uneven bars and balance beam in her 2024 debut.

“I was just happy to be back out there, get through those nerves again, feel that adrenaline,” Biles said. “I can't really complain how the first meet back was.”

She did a handful of her signature skills, including hitting the Yurchenko double pike on vault and a tumbling pass that ends with a triple-twisting double-flip.

Biles completed the vault — which requires her to clasp her hands to her knees while she flips backward twice — with coach Laurent Landi watching from the side. Landi had been standing on the podium to spot Biles during previous attempts, a decision that cost her a half-point neutral deduction.

While Biles wasn't perfect — she took a couple of big steps back on her vault dismount and got so much air on the triple-double that she landed out of bounds — her mixture of difficulty and precision remains the standard in the sport.

Biles is a virtual lock to make the five-woman U.S. Olympic team should she stay healthy. The big question that needs to be answered over the next six weeks is who will join her in France.

Jones was brilliant on bars and steady everywhere else and should head to the U.S. Championships later this month and the Olympic Trials in late June with confidence.

After that, things get murky.

Gabby Douglas, the 2012 Olympic champion, was hoping to use the U.S. Classic as a springboard. Instead, she will leave with questions about the road ahead.

The 28-year-old, making a comeback after an extended break following the 2016 Olympics, fell twice on uneven bars and pulled out of the four remaining events.

Sunisa Lee, who won the Olympic title at the 2020 games in Tokyo, has been battling kidney issues for the last 18 months that have made training difficult. She competed in three events and her elegant beam routine earned her a 14.600, a touch ahead of the 14.550 put up by Biles.

Jordan Chiles, a 2020 Olympic silver medalist, came in third in the all-around at 55.450. Jade Carey, who captured gold on floor in Tokyo, was fourth.

Konnor McClain, the 2022 U.S. champion, exited the competition with an Achilles injury suffered while warming up on floor exercise.

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Jordan Chiles competes in the floor exercise during the U.S. Classic gymnastics event Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Jordan Chiles competes in the floor exercise during the U.S. Classic gymnastics event Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Skye Blakely competes on the floor exercise during the U.S. Classic gymnastics event Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Skye Blakely competes on the floor exercise during the U.S. Classic gymnastics event Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Simone Biles watches the scoreboard during the U.S. Classic gymnastics event Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Simone Biles watches the scoreboard during the U.S. Classic gymnastics event Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Sunisa Lee competes in the floor exercise during the U.S. Classic gymnastics event Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Sunisa Lee competes in the floor exercise during the U.S. Classic gymnastics event Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Jade Carey competes in the floor exercise during the U.S. Classic gymnastics event Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Jade Carey competes in the floor exercise during the U.S. Classic gymnastics event Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Sunisa Lee competes in the floor exercise during the U.S. Classic gymnastics event Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Sunisa Lee competes in the floor exercise during the U.S. Classic gymnastics event Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Konnor McClain competes on the balance beam during the U.S. Classic gymnastics event Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Konnor McClain competes on the balance beam during the U.S. Classic gymnastics event Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Dulcy Taylor competes on the balance beam during the U.S. Classic gymnastics event Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Dulcy Taylor competes on the balance beam during the U.S. Classic gymnastics event Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Jade Carey competes in the floor exercise during the U.S. Classic gymnastics event Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Jade Carey competes in the floor exercise during the U.S. Classic gymnastics event Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Gabby Douglas steps away from the uneven bars during the U.S. Classic gymnastics event Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Gabby Douglas steps away from the uneven bars during the U.S. Classic gymnastics event Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Gabby Douglas competes on the uneven bars during the U.S. Classic gymnastics event Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Gabby Douglas competes on the uneven bars during the U.S. Classic gymnastics event Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Simone Biles competes on the balance beam during the U.S. Classic gymnastics event Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Simone Biles competes on the balance beam during the U.S. Classic gymnastics event Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Simone Biles prepares to compete on the balance beam during the U.S. Classic gymnastics event Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Simone Biles prepares to compete on the balance beam during the U.S. Classic gymnastics event Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

The U.S. military-built pier in Gaza was unloading humanitarian aid again Thursday after being removed for a second time last week because of rough seas, a U.S. defense official said. The pier was reattached to Gaza’s shoreline on Wednesday, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss U.S. military operations.

The pier, which cost the U.S. at least $230 million, was meant to deliver humanitarian aid into Gaza via the U.N.’s World Food Program. It has faced a number of setbacks.

Aid groups have decried the pier as a distraction that took pressure off Israel to open more border crossings, which are far more productive at bringing aid into Gaza as Palestinians are facing widespread hunger. The United Nations has suspended its cooperation with the pier project since June 9 and is conducting a security review.

With Israel’s war against Hamas now in its ninth month, international criticism is growing over the U.S.-backed campaign of systematic destruction in Gaza, at a huge cost in civilian lives.

Israeli ground offensives and bombardments have killed more than 37,100 people, according to Gaza’s Health Ministry, which does not distinguish between combatants and civilians in its count. The war has largely cut off the flow of food, medicine and basic goods to Gaza, which is now totally dependent on aid groups.

Israel launched the war after Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack, in which militants stormed into southern Israel, killed some 1,200 people — mostly civilians — and abducted about 250.

Currently:

— The fate of the latest cease-fire proposal hinges on Netanyahu and Hamas’ leader in Gaza.

— A rare public rift appears between Israel’s political and military leadership over how the war in Gaza is being conducted.

— The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant group warns archenemy Israel against wider war.

— Hundreds died during this year’s Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia amid intense heat, officials say.

Follow AP’s coverage of the war in Gaza at https://apnews.com/hub/israel-hamas-war

Here's the latest:

JERUSALEM – Israel remains opposed to allowing the International Committee of the Red Cross access to detention facilities accused of harshly treating Palestinians from Gaza and is working on creating an internal inspection system, state lawyers said Wednesday.

The Red Cross had access to Israeli detention facilities holding Palestinians until Oct. 7, when Israel sealed them off from external observation. Since then, testimonies have mounted from released Palestinians of brutal treatment at the detention centers, where they are held incommunicado and without trial.

The government lawyers wrote that Israeli lawmakers are examining a proposal to form an internal body that would visit the detention facilities, hear prisoners’ complaints and communicate the information to Israeli authorities.

The body is “expected to fulfill the purpose that the Red Cross has fulfilled until now,” the lawyers wrote. They were responding to a coalition of rights groups asking Israel’s highest court to grant the Red Cross access to the detention facilities.

In response, the main rights group petitioning the court said internal Israeli examiners could not substitute for international observers.

“Mounting testimonies reveal Israel has turned its detention facilities into a black hole for Palestinian prisoners enduring appalling conditions,” said the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, adding that the government was “investing a far-fetched mechanism in order to replace the accepted arrangement by the world.”

Since the Hamas attack Oct. 7, Israel has taken at least 4,000 Palestinians from Gaza into custody in Israel, interrogating them for potential ties to the militant group. Over 1,500 have been released, according to state figures.

Hamas has rejected Red Cross appeals to visit some 120 hostages it is believed to be holding. Israel has already pronounced 43 of the hostages dead.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. military-built pier in Gaza was unloading humanitarian aid again Thursday after being removed for a second time last week because of rough seas, a U.S. defense official said. The pier was reattached to Gaza’s shoreline on Wednesday, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss U.S. military operations.

The pier, which cost the U.S. at least $230 million, was meant to deliver humanitarian aid into Gaza via the U.N.’s World Food Program. It has faced a number of setbacks, operating for only about a week before getting blown apart by high winds in May. The U.S. military detached the floating causeway and moved it to an Israeli port last week so it wouldn't break apart again.

Aid groups have decried the pier as a distraction that took pressure off Israel to open more border crossings, which are far more productive at bringing aid into Gaza. Israel's war against Hamas has caused widespread devastation and made domestic food production nearly impossible, leaving Gaza totally dependent on aid groups for food, medicine and basic goods. Palestinians are facing widespread hunger.

Meanwhile, the United Nations has suspended its cooperation with the U.S.-led pier project since June 9. U.N. officials say they want to evaluate whether the Israeli military used the area around the pier in a June 8 hostage rescue that left more than 270 Palestinians dead, and whether any such use — or even a perception of it by fighters and ordinary people in Gaza — makes their continued role in the project untenable.

The U.S. and Israeli militaries say no part of the pier was used in the raid.

NICOSIA, Cyprus — Cyprus’ Foreign Ministry said Thursday the U.S. military-built pier in Gaza is up and running again after being detached for a second time last week because of rough seas.

Cyprus plays a key role in the pier because a security and inspection station it built screens the international aid destined for Gaza. There was no immediate confirmation from the U.S.

Theodoris Gotsis, a spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry, said the pier and the causeway in Gaza were both functioning. He said over the past 40 days, Cyprus has screened and loaded onto boats some 10,000 tons of aid for Gaza.

The U.S. military detached the causeway last week to prevent it from breaking apart again, as it did late last month when it was hit by bad weather.

The pier, used to deliver humanitarian aid into Gaza, has faced a number of setbacks since it was erected. It was operational for only about a week when it was blown apart by high winds in May and then removed again earlier this month.

The U.N.’s World Food Program, one of the main aid agencies to make use of the pier, had paused its distribution of aid coming from it earlier this month over security concerns. WFP could not immediately be reached for comment on whether it was resuming distribution.

NICOSIA, Cyprus — A spokesman for the European Union’s executive arm says any threat against Cyprus is a threat against the bloc’s 26 other member nations.

Peter Stano made the remark Thursday in response to a question regarding Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah’s threat that Cyprus could be implicated in a wider conflict if the island nation allows Israel to use its ports and airports to target Lebanon.

Stano said the EU fully supports Cyprus and that the trade bloc is in contact with “a number of partners in the region," including Lebanon and Hezbollah, in order to de-escalate tension.

Cyprus has enjoyed increasingly tight relations with Israel in recent years, spawned by the discovery of undersea natural gas deposits in waters between the two neighbors. Cyprus has hosted joint Israeli-Cypriot military exercises, but has not ben involved in any military operations.

Cyprus government spokesman Konstantinos Letymbiotis repeated that any suggestion that Cyprus – either through its infrastructure or territory - would be involved in any military operation in Lebanon is “totally groundless.”

Letymbiotis reiterated that the island nation “is not part of the problem” but “part of the solution” thanks to its regional diplomatic footprint.

The Hezbollah militant group said at least three of its fighters were killed in Israeli strikes on Wednesday.

Lebanese state media reported multiple Israeli strikes along the border and in an area north of the coastal city of Tyre, about 30 kilometers (20 miles) from the frontier. The Israeli military said two Hezbollah launches damaged several vehicles in northern Israel.

The fighting came as Amos Hochstein, a senior adviser to U.S. President Joe Biden, returned to Israel after meeting with officials in Lebanon on Tuesday. There has been no word on whether he has made progress in his efforts to avoid a devastating regional war.

Kamel Mohanna, the head of the Amel Association, an NGO providing health services in Lebanon, said the group’s primary health center in the town of Khiam was hit and damaged by Israeli shelling.

Hezbollah began attacking Israel almost immediately after the Israel-Hamas war erupted on Oct. 7. There have been near daily exchanges of fire, though most of the strikes are confined to an area within a few mostly confined to the area around the border.

But the fighting has escalated in recent weeks, raising fears that the clashes could boil over into a full-blown war. Israel’s army announced late Tuesday that it has “approved and validated” plans for an offensive in Lebanon.

Israeli strikes already have killed more than 400 people in Lebanon, most of them Hezbollah fighters,

Buildings are seen in Kiryat Shmona, a city next to border with Lebanon, northern Israel, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. Hezbollah began attacking Israel almost immediately after the Israel-Hamas war erupted on Oct. 7. There have been near daily exchanges of fire, though most of the strikes are confined to an area within a few mostly confined to the area around the border. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Buildings are seen in Kiryat Shmona, a city next to border with Lebanon, northern Israel, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. Hezbollah began attacking Israel almost immediately after the Israel-Hamas war erupted on Oct. 7. There have been near daily exchanges of fire, though most of the strikes are confined to an area within a few mostly confined to the area around the border. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Hussein, son of senior Hezbollah commander Taleb Sami Abdullah, 55, who was killed last week by an Israeli strike in south Lebanon, speaks during a ceremony to commemorate the death of his father, in the southern Beirut suburb of Dahiyeh, Lebanon, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Hussein, son of senior Hezbollah commander Taleb Sami Abdullah, 55, who was killed last week by an Israeli strike in south Lebanon, speaks during a ceremony to commemorate the death of his father, in the southern Beirut suburb of Dahiyeh, Lebanon, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

An Israel flag hangs on an area backdropped by buildings in Kiryat Shmona, a city next to border with Lebanon, northern Israel, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. Hezbollah began attacking Israel almost immediately after the Israel-Hamas war erupted on Oct. 7. There have been near daily exchanges of fire, though most of the strikes are confined to an area within a few mostly confined to the area around the border. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

An Israel flag hangs on an area backdropped by buildings in Kiryat Shmona, a city next to border with Lebanon, northern Israel, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. Hezbollah began attacking Israel almost immediately after the Israel-Hamas war erupted on Oct. 7. There have been near daily exchanges of fire, though most of the strikes are confined to an area within a few mostly confined to the area around the border. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Hezbollah supporters raise their fists and cheer as they watch a speech given by Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on a screen during a ceremony to commemorate the death of senior Hezbollah commander Taleb Sami Abdullah, 55, who was killed last week by an Israeli strike in south Lebanon, in the southern Beirut suburb of Dahiyeh, Lebanon, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Hezbollah supporters raise their fists and cheer as they watch a speech given by Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on a screen during a ceremony to commemorate the death of senior Hezbollah commander Taleb Sami Abdullah, 55, who was killed last week by an Israeli strike in south Lebanon, in the southern Beirut suburb of Dahiyeh, Lebanon, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

A damaged building, from previous shelling attacks from Lebanon, is seen in Kiryat Shmona, northern Israel, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. Hezbollah began attacking Israel almost immediately after the Israel-Hamas war erupted on Oct. 7. There have been near daily exchanges of fire, though most of the strikes are confined to an area within a few mostly confined to the area around the border. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

A damaged building, from previous shelling attacks from Lebanon, is seen in Kiryat Shmona, northern Israel, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. Hezbollah began attacking Israel almost immediately after the Israel-Hamas war erupted on Oct. 7. There have been near daily exchanges of fire, though most of the strikes are confined to an area within a few mostly confined to the area around the border. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Palestinians mourn their relative Tamer Mohsen killed in the Israeli bombardment of Nuseirat refugee camp, at the morgue of al-Aqsa Martyrs hospital in Deir al Balah, central Gaza Strip, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Saher Alghorra)

Palestinians mourn their relative Tamer Mohsen killed in the Israeli bombardment of Nuseirat refugee camp, at the morgue of al-Aqsa Martyrs hospital in Deir al Balah, central Gaza Strip, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Saher Alghorra)

In this combination image, Hamas' leader in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar, speaks on April 13, 2022, in Gaza City, left, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks on June 18, 2024, in Tel Aviv. The fate of the proposed cease-fire deal for Gaza hinges in many ways on Sinwar and Netanyahu. Each faces significant political and personal pressures that may be influencing their decision-making and neither seems in a rush to make concessions to end the war. (AP Photo)

In this combination image, Hamas' leader in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar, speaks on April 13, 2022, in Gaza City, left, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks on June 18, 2024, in Tel Aviv. The fate of the proposed cease-fire deal for Gaza hinges in many ways on Sinwar and Netanyahu. Each faces significant political and personal pressures that may be influencing their decision-making and neither seems in a rush to make concessions to end the war. (AP Photo)

A man drives his motorcycle past a damaged building, from previous shelling attacks from Lebanon, in Kiryat Shmona, northern Israel, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. Hezbollah began attacking Israel almost immediately after the Israel-Hamas war erupted on Oct. 7. There have been near daily exchanges of fire, though most of the strikes are confined to an area within a few mostly confined to the area around the border. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

A man drives his motorcycle past a damaged building, from previous shelling attacks from Lebanon, in Kiryat Shmona, northern Israel, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. Hezbollah began attacking Israel almost immediately after the Israel-Hamas war erupted on Oct. 7. There have been near daily exchanges of fire, though most of the strikes are confined to an area within a few mostly confined to the area around the border. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Palestinians mourn their relative Tamer Mohsen killed in the Israeli bombardment of Nuseirat refugee camp, at the morgue of al-Aqsa Martyrs hospital in Deir al Balah, central Gaza Strip, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Saher Alghorra)

Palestinians mourn their relative Tamer Mohsen killed in the Israeli bombardment of Nuseirat refugee camp, at the morgue of al-Aqsa Martyrs hospital in Deir al Balah, central Gaza Strip, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Saher Alghorra)

Palestinians mourn their relative Tamer Mohsen killed in the Israeli bombardment of Nuseirat refugee camp, at the morgue of al-Aqsa Martyrs hospital in Deir al Balah, central Gaza Strip, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Saher Alghorra)

Palestinians mourn their relative Tamer Mohsen killed in the Israeli bombardment of Nuseirat refugee camp, at the morgue of al-Aqsa Martyrs hospital in Deir al Balah, central Gaza Strip, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Saher Alghorra)

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