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NATO countries told Israel's defence minister on Thursday they stood by his country after the attack by Hamas but urged his forces to respond with "proportionality," the alliance said.

Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant briefed his counterparts from the US-led military alliance via videolink as his country's military carries out a bombing campaign after Islamist militants killed more than 1,200 people, mostly civilians.

"Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that NATO condemned the terrorist attacks in the strongest possible terms, adding: 'Israel does not stand alone'," NATO said in a statement.

"Allies expressed solidarity with Israel, making clear that it has the right to defend itself with proportionality against these unjustifiable acts of terror."

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