In light of the escalating situation in Gaza, and with Israeli casualties surpassing 1,200, the US is in active dialogue with Israel and Egypt concerning the creation of a safe corridor for civilians in Gaza. This follows a major offensive over the weekend from Hamas and subsequent Israeli air strikes.
Diplomatic Efforts Intensify
Jake Sullivan, the US national security adviser, confirmed ongoing discussions regarding the potential for safe passage. Speaking at a White House press briefing, Sullivan said, “We are focused on this question, there are consultations going on.” However, the finer details are currently under discussion by operational agencies.
The aim of these discussions is to provide relief and security to Gaza civilians amidst the increasing attacks.
Gaza’s Mounting Losses
Gaza’s Health Ministry released figures showing that Israeli air strikes have resulted in the death of at least 900 Palestinians since Saturday, with around 4,600 more wounded. Given Gaza’s compact dimensions – it’s 40 km (25 miles) in length and 10 km (6 miles) in breadth – and its dense population of 2.3 million, the conflict’s repercussions are particularly acute.
International Responses and Concerns
The United Nations reported over 180,000 Palestinians in Gaza being displaced from their homes. They’ve been enduring an Israeli-imposed blockade for over 16 years, starting when Hamas took control of the region in 2007.
While Israel asserts its right to self-defense, particularly as the death toll from Hamas’s weekend offensives surged past 1,000, there are growing concerns internationally about the high civilian casualties. Sullivan emphasized the US and Israeli stance, stating, “We do not deliberately target civilians.” He further stressed that military actions aim to adhere to the rule of law and war standards.