In a name, US President Joe Biden advised Mr Netanyahu that Israel shouldn’t proceed with a army operation in Rafah with out a plan to make sure the protection of individuals sheltering there, the White Home mentioned.
The decision got here days after Biden mentioned Israel’s response in Gaza was “excessive”.
A senior Biden administration official mentioned negotiators engaged on a deal to launch the remaining hostages held by Hamas had made “actual progress” over the previous couple of weeks.
There have been nonetheless some “vital” gaps to shut, the official mentioned, however added: “It is just about there.”
Earlier than earlier assaults on Gaza cities, Israel’s army has ordered civilians to go away with out getting ready any particular evacuation plan. Help companies say an assault on Rafah could be catastrophic.
The conflict began on Oct 7 when the militant group Hamas that controls Gaza stormed the border fence with Israel, sending in fighters who killed 1,200 folks, principally civilians, and seized about 250 hostages, in line with Israeli tallies.
4 months later, Gaza is in ruins. Underneath an enormous day by day bombardment, Israeli floor forces have overrun a lot of the enclave, smashing homes, public buildings and infrastructure with air raids, artillery hearth and managed detonations.
Palestinian well being authorities say greater than 28,000 folks have been killed within the conflict, about 70 per cent of them ladies and kids. Greater than 85 per cent of Gazans are homeless. A UN survey discovered that almost one in 10 youngsters beneath 5 are acutely malnourished.
Talks for a deal on a ceasefire and the discharge of hostages have thus far did not convey an settlement. Final week Israel rejected a Hamas proposal, saying it might not cease preventing whereas the group retained brigades that Israel says are hiding in Rafah.