US President Joe Biden said on Monday that the hostages held by Hamas must be released, when he was asked about a ceasefire in the ongoing war.
“These hostages must be released and then we can talk,” Biden said.
White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said on Monday that the United States will act appropriately to secure its national security interests in the Middle East, but it does not want the conflict to expand between the Israeli occupation forces and Palestinian factions amid what he described as an escalation of attacks using missiles and drones from… Groups acting as agents for Iran.
Kirby added that the US administration wants to provide a safe passage out of the Palestinian Gaza Strip, especially for American citizens, before a possible ground invasion from Israel.
Kirby continued: “We still want to see safe passage out, especially for several hundred American citizens who we know are in Gaza and want to leave.”
The Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip continues for the 17th day in a row, after the Palestinian resistance carried out Operation Al-Aqsa Flood, in a number of occupied towns in the Gaza envelope area.
The occupation continues its brutal raids targeting the homes of defenseless civilians, in addition to targeting hospitals, mosques and churches, which led to the deaths of thousands of martyrs and wounded, while those who have survived the bombing so far suffer from a catastrophic humanitarian situation, in light of the restrictions on them, to the point that all Arab and international attempts to bring in aid They failed for two weeks, so the first relief convoys began entering the Gaza Strip last Saturday, the 15th day of the war.
The Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip announced today, Monday, that the occupation committed 23 massacres during the past hours, claiming the lives of 436 martyrs, including 182 children, the majority of whom were from the south of the Strip.
According to the latest statistics issued by the Palestinian Ministry of Health, the number of victims of the Israeli aggression has risen to 5,087 martyrs and 15,273 injured.