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‘We know they are holding’ more women and children

White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby on Sunday blamed Hamas for breaking the temporary ceasefire agreement with Israel.

Mr. Kirby appeared on “Fox News Sunday” and told host Shannon Bream that the United States still has eight or nine American hostages held by Hamas in the Gaza Strip, including a woman. One person said their condition and whereabouts are believed to be unknown.

“There’s no complete visibility,” Kirby said. “We’re literally working on this hour by hour and we want to get there.” [cease-fire] Again, put it back where it was so more hostages can come out. ”

“Hamas is the reason for the end of the moratorium because it refuses to list and refuses to release additional women and children known to be held by Hamas,” Kirby said. Ta. “We’re literally working hour by hour to see if we can get this back on track.”

A week-long ceasefire that expired on Friday facilitated the release of dozens of Israeli and foreign hostages in exchange for Palestinians imprisoned in Israel. But Israel sent its negotiators home and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised the IDF to remove Hamas from power in the Gaza Strip.

Bream recently said, “What we are witnessing are gross human rights violations in Gaza, and they are being carried out with the assistance of the U.S. military.”

US warship and commercial ships reportedly attacked in Red Sea

National Security Council Press Secretary John Kirby at the White House on November 30, 2023. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images)

In response, Kirby said, “What U.S. military and security assistance is doing is preventing our friend and partner Israel from pursuing the real genocidal threat, the threat posed by Hamas.” We are supporting it.” “And as we move further and further away from October 7th, I think it’s all too easy to forget what happened on that day. 1,200 Israelis were literally massacred, children in front of their parents, parents in front of their children. In front of us. We must help Israel eliminate the Hamas threat to the State of Israel and the Israeli people, and we absolutely intend to continue to do that.”

Recognizing the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, Kirby said that despite Hamas militants allegedly hiding behind civilians in key infrastructure, the Israeli military had “accepted” the message from the US. He said he was changing the way some operations were conducted to save civilians. And a safe zone.

Gaza bombing

A Palestinian inspects the destruction caused by an airstrike in Khan Yunis, Gaza, on December 3, 2023. After the ceasefire ended on Friday, Israel resumed military operations in the Gaza Strip. (Ahmad Hasabalah/Getty Images)

Still, Kirby said “too many” thousands of civilians had been killed or injured in Gaza, and one million people were internally displaced. “We are not unaware of the humanitarian crisis, which is why we are implementing a seven-day suspension to rescue hostages and accelerate the supply of food, water, medicine and fuel to Gaza. “I tried hard,” he said.

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Kirby reiterated how Secretary of State Antony Blinken, during his visit to Israel, discussed the need to “reform” and “revitalize” the Palestinian Authority in a way that meets “the aspirations and needs of the Palestinian people.” Ta. Prime Minister Netanyahu said Israel has no intention of occupying or controlling Gaza after the conflict ends.

John Kirby answers questions from reporters

John Kirby speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House on November 27, 2023. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

“I agree with them on that,” Kirby responded Sunday. “We don’t want to see them occupy Gaza. We don’t think that’s really an achievable or prudent long-term strategic goal for the Israeli people. We believe that this is the future of governance in Gaza.” It must be something that the Palestinian people can vote on and have a say in. It is about the Palestinian people having governance that truly represents them and their aspirations. ”

Kirby said Israel is a sovereign state and denied that the United States had a “red line” on aid.

Israel on Sunday ordered further evacuations in and around the Gaza Strip’s second-largest city, Khan Yunis, followed by heavy artillery shelling, but the military offensive shifted to the southern half of the territory, where Israeli officials say Hamas-led They say they are hiding.

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A US warship and several commercial ships were attacked in the Red Sea on Sunday, raising fears of an escalation of the conflict, the Pentagon said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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