Biden emphasizes need to protect Palestinian civilians in call with Netanyahu

U.S. President Joe Biden visits Amtrak maintenance facility in Bear, Delaware

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday that it was imperative steps were taken to protect Palestinian civilians, even as he restated his support for Israel's efforts to protect it citizens from Hamas, the White House said.

"The President reiterated his steadfast support for Israel and the protection of Israeli citizens from Hamas and all other threats while also emphasizing the imperative to protect Palestinian civilians and reduce civilian harm in the course of military operations," it said in a statement outlining a call between the two leaders.

(Reporting by Jasper Ward; editing by Tim Ahmann)