‘A Disconnect’: Blinken Claims Israel Isn’t Following Through On ‘Intent’ To Protect Civilians In Gaza

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Thursday there is a “gap” between Israel's “intent to protect civilians” in Gaza and what Israel is doing “on the ground.”

Blinken is busy In a joint meeting with British Foreign Secretary David Cameron, they discussed Ukraine, NATO, Israel and the Gaza conflict. Blinken was asked about earlier comments about how “massive civilian losses” occurred in northern Gaza.[must] “This must not be repeated,” he said, adding that while Israel had taken steps to protect civilians, there was a disconnect between them and “results on the ground.” (Related article: Prominent Islamic group leader was 'happy to see' Hamas attack on Israel on October 7)

“That being said,” Mr. Blinken said, “now, as we stand here, almost a week after the humanitarian moratorium ended and this operation began in the south, it is clear that Israel is The focus on protection remains essential. And there is a disconnect between what I said when I was on the ground, the intent to protect civilians, and the actual results we are seeing on the ground. There are still gaps.”

Top Shot – This photo taken from southern Israel near the border with the Gaza Strip shows smoke rising after an Israeli attack in Palestinian territory during fighting between Israel and Hamas militants on December 4, 2023. Photographed by John McDougall/AFP (Photo by John McDougall/AFP via Getty Images)

He noted that Israel has evacuated entire neighborhoods and created “deconflict zones” to allow civilians to escape from firing zones. However, the ministry said it felt there was a “daily pause” and more humanitarian support was an area that needed to expand.

Blinken noted President Joe Biden's call with the Israeli leader earlier in the day and said the administration is in regular contact with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on these issues, according to the statement. . He explained that he was aware that “this mission is extremely difficult because Israel is dealing with a terrorist enemy,” but added that “Israel has the utmost protection of civilians and humanitarian assistance.” We have an obligation to do everything possible to focus on ”

There was a brief seven-day hiatus in fighting in the area after Israel and Hamas agreed to ceasefire terms to exchange hostages between Hamas and Palestinian prisoners. The ceasefire was reportedly broken multiple times by Hamas, with Israel breaking the agreement as well, and fighting resumed in full on December 1. according to Go to NBC News.

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