The Associated Press reports:
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken called Saturday for protecting civilians in the Gaza Strip and Israel as the Israeli military ordered half of the Palestinian territory’s population to evacuate in advance of an expected ground assault.
Blinken met with Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan as America’s top diplomat held a third day of talks across the Mideast aimed at preventing the Israel-Hamas war from expanding into a regional conflict and worsening the humanitarian crisis.
Both officials stressed the importance of minimizing the harm to civilians as Israel prepared for an anticipated incursion against Hamas a week after the militant group’s unprecedented attack against Israel.
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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken called Saturday for protecting civilians in the Gaza Strip and Israel as he intensified his diplomatic outreach across the Middle East and beyond https://t.co/kipUiG4QDG
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I look forward to meeting with Emirati leaders in Abu Dhabi today to discuss Hamas’ terrorist attacks against Israel and our shared commitment to maintaining stability in the region. pic.twitter.com/DRqYgkMLID
— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) October 14, 2023