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White House says Israel is ‘making efforts’ to minimize civilian casualties in Gaza

More than 15,200 people have died in the Palestinian enclave since October 7, “70% women and children,” according to a latest report from the Hamas government.

The White House said Sunday that Israel is “making efforts” to minimize civilian casualties in Gaza since fighting resumed after a seven-day truce, amid intensifying calls from the international community to protect civilians. Palestinian civilians.

“We believe they have been receptive to our messages about trying to minimize civilian casualties,” White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told ABC.

The Israeli military has resumed its offensive in northern Gaza “in a smaller and more precise way,” he added, noting that in the past two days Israel posted online a map where civilians could surrender to find shelter and flee the fighting. . . “There aren’t many modern armies that would do that,” John Kirby continued. “They’re making an effort.”

“Too many innocent Palestinians have been killed”

The war was sparked by an unprecedented Hamas attack on Israel on October 7, which left 1,200 dead, mostly civilians, according to authorities.

In retaliation, Israel carried out devastating bombing raids on the Palestinian territory, where it launched a ground offensive on October 27. According to the Hamas government, at least 15,200 people were killed.

“Too many innocent Palestinians have been murdered,” US Vice President Kamala Harris insisted on Saturday from COP28 in Dubai, alarmed by the “devastating” images of Gaza.

He called on “Israel” to “do more to protect innocent civilians.” Israel’s “security” cannot be guaranteed if “it comes at the cost of Palestinian lives,” French President Emmanuel Macron said at the same event.

Author: AG with AFP
Source: BFM TV

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