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Blinken emphasizes US leadership in the war between Israel and Hamas

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasized leadership and “American engagement” to reporters in Turkey, following diplomatic meetings with key regional leaders in the Middle East.

In recent days, the Secretary of State has visited leaders in Iraq, Israel, Jordan and the West Bank to discuss the war between Israel and Hamas – amid fears of a broader regional conflict.

Blinken said the United States knows “the terrible toll” the war is taking “on the Palestinians, on the men, women and children among civilians,” adding that it is “a concern we share, and that we are working on every day.”

Questioned by CNN regarding the apparent lack of concrete progress in minimizing civilian casualties and increasing humanitarian aid to Gaza, he declared: “We have very concrete ways of doing this. And I think we will see in the coming days that this assistance can expand significantly.”

“Countries are looking to us to do things. And obviously we don’t agree on everything. But there are common views about some of the imperatives right now.”

Blinken was pressured by CNN about the actual measures discussed with the Israeli leadership last week regarding humanitarian aid reaching Gaza and Israel’s approach to the conflict.

He said Washington is working on these issues every minute.

“When it comes to humanitarian pauses, we are engaged with the Israelis on the specific practicalities of this. A critical aspect, however, is seeing progress regarding the hostages. This is something we are intensely focused on.”

See also – Israel says it has hit 450 Hamas targets in Gaza

Source: CNN Brasil

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