During her visit to the United Arab Emirates' Dubai, U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris spoke passionately about the escalating humanitarian crisis in Gaza, emphasizing the need for Israel to exercise caution and adhere to international humanitarian law.
"As Israel defends itself, it matters how. The United States is unequivocal, International humanitarian law must be respected. Too many innocent Palestinians have been killed," stated Harris during her address.
The United States has increasingly voiced the necessity for Israel to reduce the combat zone during any offensive in southern Gaza and to guarantee safe areas for Palestinians.
"As Israel pursues its military objectives in Gaza, we believe Israel must do more to protect innocent civilians," Harris said.
More than 15,000 people have been killed so far in Gaza,
Harris conferred with regional leaders during her attendance at the climate summit in Dubai, at the request of U.S. President Joe Biden, who needed her to take his place at the table while he concentrated on the Israel-Hamas conflict.
In another message directed at Israel, Harris stated that the U.S. will not allow the forced relocation of Palestinians from Gaza or the West Bank, the besiegement of Gaza, or the redrawing of Gaza's borders.
"The international community must dedicate significant resources to support short- and long-term recovery in Gaza, for example, rebuilding hospitals and housing, restoring electricity and clean water, and ensuring that bakeries can reopen and be restocked," she said.
The Vice President's statements underscore the pressing need for diplomatic efforts and humanitarian aid to address the immediate crisis and pave the way for long-term stability in the region.
Harris thanked Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi for his efforts to evacuate U.S. citizens from the Gaza Strip and emphasized that they will continue to work for the release of those held captive in the Gaza Strip.
Source: Ihlas News Agency