Biden, Netanyahu discussed potential 'tactical pauses' in Israeli-Hamas war

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United States President Joe Biden on Monday pressed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to agree to “tactical pauses” in Israel’s war with Hamas as Israeli forces encircled Gaza’s main city and carried out an intense bombardment of the besieged strip.

Biden, Netanyahu discussed potential 'tactical pauses' in Israeli-Hamas war

The United States President Joe Biden on Monday pressed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to agree to “tactical pauses” in Israel’s war with Hamas as Israeli forces encircled Gaza’s main city and carried out an intense bombardment of the besieged strip.

The U.S. president told Israel’s prime minister in a phone call that Washington was going to “continue to advocate for temporary localized pauses in the fighting”, said John Kirby, U.S. National Security Council spokesperson.

"There'll be no ceasefire, general ceasefire, in Gaza without the release of our hostages," Netanyahu said.

"As far as tactical little pauses, an hour here, an hour there. We've had them before. I suppose we'll check the circumstances in order to enable goods, humanitarian aid to come in, or our hostages, individual hostages to leave," he added.

The White House said that fewer than 30 aid trucks entered Gaza in the last 24 hours.

The U.S., which maintains that a general ceasefire would not be an appropriate step, has been pushing for shorter pauses in attacks to accomplish specific humanitarian goals.

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 Oct. 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 10,022 people, including 4,104 children, 2,641 women, and 397 elderly people. It injured at least 32,000 people in its attacks on Gaza.

It was reported that 1,400 Israelis, including 324 soldiers, were killed and 5,132 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 2.5 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 Oct. 8, 55 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.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he was breaking off all contact with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu because of Israeli attacks on civilians in the Gaza Strip.

Source: Ihlas News Agency

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