US official, Israeli Minister Discuss ‘Different Phase’ of Gaza War

Wed Dec 27 2023
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WASHINGTON: US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan Tuesday met with Israeli Minister of Strategic Affairs Ron Dermer to discuss shifting “to a different phase” of the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza, a White House official said.

The meeting focused about steps to improve the humanitarian situation in war-torn Gaza and minimize harm to civilians, according to the US official, who wished not to be named.

According to media reports, the meet was also meant as a chance to speak on “the transition to a different phase of the war to maximize focus on high-value Hamas targets,” the official said, referring to the Palestinian fighters.

The discussion comes after the United Nations Security Council agreed last week to a watered-down resolution calling for aid to be delivered to the Gaza Strip “at scale.”

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It is to mention here that Gaza’s 2.4m people are suffering dire shortages of water, fuel, food, and medicine, with only limited aid entering.

The bloodiest-ever war erupted after Hamas attacked southern Israel on October 7 and killed about 1,140 people, mostly civilians, according to tally based on Israeli figures.

After the Hamas attack, Israel launched an extensive aerial bombardment and a siege followed by a ground operation. The offensive has so far killed over 21,000 people, according to Hamas-run Gaza’s health ministry.

In Tuesday meeting, Israel and the United States also talked about the eventual “governance and security in Gaza, a political horizon for the Palestinian people, and continued work on normalization and integration,” the White House official added.

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