“O The president highlighted the crucial need to protect the civilian population, including those contributing to humanitarian aid operations, and the importance of allowing civilians to safely leave areas where fighting is ongoing,” according to the statement.
This contact occurred one day after the UN Security Council adopted a resolution that “requires all parties to authorize and facilitate the immediate, safe and unhindered delivery of large-scale humanitarian aid” to the Gaza Strip , but without calling for a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas.
Previously, Biden had told journalists at the White House that he had had a “long discussion” with Netanyahu, which he described as a “private conversation”.
In response to an additional question, Biden stated, “I did not call for the ceasefire.”
According to the White House statement, Biden and Netanyahu addressed the “objectives and phases” of the Israeli military campaign as well as “security issues.”
The most recent conflict between Israel and Hamas was triggered after a bloody and unprecedented attack by the Palestinian Islamist movement on Israeli territory on October 7.
In total, 1,140 people, mostly civilians, were killed that day, according to a count by the AFP news agency based on the latest official Israeli figures. Around 240 civilians and military personnel were kidnapped, with Israel indicating that 127 remain in Gaza.
In retaliation, Israel, which promised to destroy the Palestinian Islamist movement, has been bombing the Gaza Strip since October 7, where, according to the local government led by Hamas, 20,258 people have already been killed — mostly women, children and teenagers — and injured more than 52 thousand, most of them civilians, destroyed most of the infrastructure and close to 1.9 million forced to abandon their homes, almost the entire population of the enclave.
The population of the Gaza Strip is also faced with an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, due to the collapse of hospitals, the outbreak of epidemics and shortages of drinking water, food, medicine and electricity. Since October 7, more than 280 Palestinians have also been killed by the Israeli Army and by settler attacks in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, occupied by the Jewish State.
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