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Blinken criticizes Israel's military campaign in Gaza due to high number of casualties

Blinken criticizes Israel's military campaign in Gaza due to high number of casualties United States Secretary of State Anthony Blinken (photo: GettyImages)

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has openly criticized Israel's military campaign against Hamas militants, stating that more needs to be done to protect civilians, according to Bloomberg.

"Far too many Palestinians have been killed, far too many have suffered these past weeks. And we want to do everything possible to prevent harm to them and to maximize the assistance that gets to them," said Blinken.

It is reported that officials in the U.S. President's administration are increasing pressure on Israel regarding its military campaign in the Gaza Strip against Hamas. The head of the State Department emphasized the need to do much more to protect civilians and provide humanitarian assistance to them.

On the eve, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed that Jerusalem had agreed to temporarily halt hostilities in certain areas of northern Gaza to allow Palestinian citizens to leave the area.

Joe Biden welcomed this decision and stated that he would focus on increasing aid to alleviate the suffering of the Gaza population.

Israel's operation in the Gaza Strip

On October 7, Hamas militants launched an attack on Israel, targeting not only military personnel but also civilians. During the assault, terrorists killed and abducted both soldiers and civilians. Israel, in turn, was regularly subjected to shelling from the Gaza Strip. In response, Jerusalem initiated an operation against the terrorists.

On October 27, an offensive operation was launched in the Gaza Strip. As of November 9, according to the Israel Defense Forces, Hamas has lost control of the northern part of the Gaza Strip.