Pentagon calls Israel to consider civilian casualties in post-pause operations

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Pentagon says Israel should consider 'civilian casualties' in its operations in southern Gaza after end of 'humanitarian pause' with Hamas

Pentagon calls Israel to consider civilian casualties in post-pause operations

After the end of the “humanitarian pause” in Gaza, Israel should consider civilians in its operations in the south of the territory, Brigadier General Patrick Ryder, spokesman for the United States Department of Defence (Pentagon), said at his daily press conference on Tuesday.

"In our discussions with the Israeli Defense Minister, the importance of ensuring that operations are conducted in accordance with the laws of armed conflict protecting civilians and ensuring that aid reaches Gaza remains a topic of discussion," Ryder said.

"We certainly don't want to see civilians harmed or affected any more than they were before," he added.

Ryder noted that while discussing what Israel's needs are in terms of what they are trying to achieve against Hamas, they are also trying to make sure that Israel takes into account civilian casualties and civilian security.

He also shared the information that the U.S. suspended intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance flights in the region due to the ongoing "humanitarian break" between Israel and Hamas, and stated that transport aircraft were used for the first time for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) aid to Gaza.

Ryder stated that USAID had sent humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza, including about 2.5 tonnes of food, medical supplies, and clothing, by U.S. military transport aircraft.

WHAT HAPPENED

Qatar announced an agreement late Monday to extend the initial four-day pause for an additional two days, under which further prisoner exchanges will be carried out.

Israel launched a massive military campaign in the Gaza Strip following a cross-border attack by Hamas on Oct. 7.

It has since killed over 15,000 people, including 6,150 children and 4,000 women, according to health authorities in the enclave.

The official Israeli death toll stands at 1,200.

Source: Sputnik

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