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Numbers of Dead, Injured Palestinians We’ve Cited Include Hamas Terrorists

On Friday’s broadcast of Fox News Channel’s “The Story,” White House National Security and Public Affairs Advisor John Kirby said Israel was failing in its obligations to protect civilians and allow humanitarian aid and that “we There are tens of thousands of Palestinian casualties.” Now, some of them are Hamas, there is no doubt about that. But the price was too high. ”

Kirby said Hamas must be completely eliminated and that a ceasefire was reached on October 6, but Hamas broke it.

Then host Martha McCallum asked, “Isn’t it Hamas’ fault that these people are suffering?”

Kirby said: “As you said, Hamas started this war. There is no question about that. Without Mr. Sinwar’s decision to violate the ceasefire, this conflict would not exist. But what we said is that while Israel has an obligation to go and eliminate that threat, they also have an obligation to do everything possible to protect civilians and allow humanitarian aid. Yes. And we have never seen them fulfill those duties to the extent that they should. That means tens of thousands of Palestinians are dead and injured. Now, among them… There is also Hamas, there is no doubt about that. But the toll is too high. We want Israel to succeed here, and of course we do, but in the long term How Israel does it is equally important, for Israel’s own security.”

President Joe Biden said in March that “an additional 30,000 Palestinians cannot die as a result of this attack.” [Hamas]”

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