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  • Updated: November 04, 2023

US Calls For Humanitarian Pauses In Gaza Amid Israeli Strikes

US Calls For Humanitarian Pauses In Gaza Amid Israeli Strike

US Secretary Of State, Antony Blinken

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has reiterated Washington's position, advocating for "humanitarian pauses" in Gaza to safeguard civilians and facilitate the evacuation of foreign nationals.

This comes in the wake of Israeli military strikes on a UN shelter and hospital in the Gaza Strip.

Blinken on Saturday held a press conference in the Jordanian capital, Amman, during his third visit to the region since the outbreak of the conflict. He was accompanied by Jordan's Deputy Prime Minister Ayman Safadi and Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry.

While Jordan and Egypt joined other Arab states in demanding an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, Blinken asserted that humanitarian pauses "can be a critical mechanism for protecting civilians, getting aid in, and allowing foreign nationals to leave Gaza."

At the same time, these pauses should still enable Israel to achieve its objective of defeating Hamas.

Blinken explained; “It's our view that a ceasefire now would leave Hamas in place to regroup and repeat attacks."

He emphasized the importance of these humanitarian pauses as a means to address immediate humanitarian needs without compromising Israel's security goals.

The discussions during the press conference also touched on ways to expedite and expand the sustained delivery of aid.

Blinken underscored that the manner in which Israel conducts its campaign matters, highlighting the need to ensure the protection of civilians and access for aid organizations.

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