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US State Dep Spox: US Opposes Any Israeli Offensive in Rafah Without Civilian Protection Plan

Mon 12 Feb 2024 | 08:49 PM
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On Monday, the Spokesperson of the US Department of State Matthew Miller said that the US didn't support a full-scale operation in Rafah, asserting that the US still opposed an offensive without a plan to protect civilians.

Miller told reporters: "Without such a plan that is credible, and that they can execute, we do not support a full-scale military operation."

Earlier, Axios website reported that US President Joe Biden informed Netanyahu that Washington does not support the operation in Rafah under the current circumstances.

Israeli Prime Minister (PM) Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Joe Biden held a phone call on Sunday evening, to discuss the latest developments in the war in Gaza.

During the phone call, Netanyahu told Biden that victory in Gaza means security control over it, Israeli media reported.

For its part, the White House said that Biden called for urgent and specific steps to increase humanitarian aid to Palestinian civilians.

Moreover, Biden stressed the need to take advantage of the progress made in the negotiations to secure the release of all hostages as soon as possible.

According to the White House, US President stressed that the military operation in Rafah should not begin without a plan to ensure the safety of the displaced.

Furthermore, The White House noted that Biden and Netanyahu agreed to remain in close contact.