The Palestinian health authorities reported that the victims of the Israeli strikes on Gaza numbered nearly 9,500. Of these, almost 4,000 were children and adolescents. The dead Israelis are 1400.
After Tel Aviv, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken arrived for talks in the Jordanian capital. Middle Eastern countries played a major role in preventing the spread of the war between Israel and Hamas, Blinken said after a meeting with Arab ministers.
In Amman, the foreign ministers of Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar held a joint meeting with United States Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. The diplomats reaffirmed their united position for an immediate ceasefire in hostilities and immediate humanitarian access to the Gaza Strip. A Palestinian representative also took part in the talks. The American and Qatari envoys have discussed efforts to free Hamas hostages.
“The United States believes that all of these efforts will be facilitated by humanitarian pauses. We believe that humanitarian pauses can be critical mechanisms to protect civilians, to get aid, to get foreign nationals out, while allowing Israel to achieve our goals of defeating Hamas,” said Anthony Blinken, US Secretary of State.
Up to 400,000 people remain in northern Gaza, where Israeli strikes are concentrated, according to US figures.
There are military operations in the south as well and according to the UN there is no safe place in Gaza.
Another example is a school run by the World Organization in the Jabalia refugee camp in Gaza City, where an Israeli attack killed at least 15 people.
“Where do I go? They hit the shelters, those on the street – they kill them as they walk. Since when did it become normal to bomb shelters? Where is the United Nations? They don’t hit shelters in any war, it’s not fair.”
Rescue in Egypt awaits hundreds at the Rafah border crossing. 11-year-old American citizen Farah Saluha is among those with foreign passports hoping to leave Gaza. Farah came to the Palestinian enclave five years ago, leaving her father in the sector.
“The beginning of the war was very difficult because I was sick and couldn’t sleep in my room, they told us to leave Gaza, but I didn’t want to. I had to come to Rafah and sleep in different places. There was no electricity, no water and no internet.” , said Farah Saluha, a US citizen.
Egypt’s foreign ministry expects nearly 7,000 people with dual citizenship from 60 countries to leave Gaza through Rafah. According to diplomats, the process will take at least two weeks.
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