“We can’t stand by and let this proceed,” he mentioned. “We’d like a long-lasting ceasefire now. This warfare should finish.”
Israel launched a rescue mission on Monday that freed two Israeli-Argentine hostages held by Palestinian militants of Hamas in Rafah, by the Egyptian border. The 2 males have been amongst 250 folks seized in the course of the Oct 7 raid on Israel by Hamas that triggered Israel’s warfare on Gaza.
The Palestinian Authority’s official tv station, Palestine TV, mentioned 74 folks have been killed in the course of the Israeli navy operation. There was no rapid affirmation from the Gaza well being ministry, which is run by Hamas.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu mentioned the profitable mission confirmed that navy strain ought to proceed in Gaza, and he brushed apart worldwide alarm at plans for a floor assault on Rafah, the place Israel says Hamas forces stay.
US FRUSTRATION WITH ISRAEL
Biden has proven growing exasperation with Netanyahu for not heeding his advice to do extra to minimise casualties and shield civilians in Gaza.
After greater than 4 months of warfare, a lot of the densely populated enclave is in ruins, with 28,340 Palestinians lifeless and 67,984 wounded, based on Gaza well being officers. Many others are believed to be buried below rubble.
Biden has demanded that Israel not undertake a floor offensive in Rafah and not using a plan to guard Palestinian civilians who’re massed there, many in flimsy tents after relocating a number of instances to flee battle in different components of Gaza.
Netanyahu final week ordered the navy to create a plan to evacuate civilians to guard them throughout a floor offensive. Requested about evacuation plans for civilians, an Israeli navy spokesperson on Monday mentioned he nonetheless did not know the way it might be executed.