US Secretary of State Blinken's second Middle East tour has begun: Blinken arrives in Israel

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United States(US) Secretary of State Antony Blinken started his second Middle East tour. Blinken's plane arrived in Israel. Blinken is expected to visit Türkiye after Jordan, Egypt, and Qatar.

US Secretary of State Blinken's second Middle East tour has begun: Blinken arrives in Israel

United States(US) Secretary of State Antony Blinken started his second Middle East tour. Blinken's plane arrived in Israel. Blinken is expected to visit Türkiye after Jordan, Egypt, and Qatar.

Secretary Blinken spoke to reporters before leaving the capital, Washington, for a visit to several countries, including Israel and Jordan.

US Secretary of State Blinken made statements ahead of his visit to Israel.US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that Israel has the 'right to defend itself' and that the protection of civilians in Gaza will be one of the main topics to be discussed during his visit to Israel.

Antony Blinken stated that preventing the spread of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to other countries is one of his priorities and emphasized that another priority is the release of prisoners.

Asked by a journalist whether Israel will be pressured about its actions in Gaza, Blinken reiterated that Israel has the right and obligation to defend itself.

Blinken blamed Hamas for civilian deaths, claiming that Hamas was using civilians as human shields and hospitals and mosques as headquarters.

“When I see a Palestinian child, a boy or girl, pulled from the rubble of a collapsed building – that hits me in the gut as much as seeing a child in Israel or anywhere else,” Blinken said.

WHAT HAPPENED

Hamas' military wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, announced that they launched a comprehensive attack against Israel called "Al-Aqsa Flood" on the morning of October 7.

While thousands of rockets were fired from Gaza towards Israel, armed groups entered the settlements in the region. The Israeli army also launched an attack on the Gaza Strip with dozens of warplanes. The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza announced that Israel killed 9 thousand 61 people, including 3 thousand 760 children, 2 thousand 326 women, and 397 elderly people. It injured at least 32 thousand people in its attacks on Gaza.

It was reported that 1400 Israelis, including 324 soldiers, were killed and 5 thousand 132 Israelis were wounded in the attacks from Gaza.
The Israeli army hit Damascus and Aleppo airports. As the Middle East is once again turning into a bloodbath, a deadline has been set for nearly 2 and a half million Palestinians to leave the blockaded Gaza.

In the occupied West Bank, 106 Palestinians were killed in attacks by Israeli forces and Jewish settlers. In Israel's attacks on Gaza, 38 journalists were killed.

In the clashes between the Israeli army and Hezbollah on the Israel-Lebanon border since October 8, 46 Hezbollah members and 4 civilians, one of whom was a journalist, were killed. Three Israeli soldiers and one Israeli civilian were killed in the attacks organized by Lebanon.
Most recently, Israel attacked the Jabalia Refugee Camp in Gaza, killing civilians.

Source: Ihlas News Agency

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