February 22, 2024

The US special envoy David Satterfield told reporters on Friday that Hamas is to blame for the high number of civilian casualties in the ongoing conflict in Gaza, urging Israel to minimize harm to innocent people. Satterfield called the military campaign against Hamas a difficult one and explained that the militant group deliberately embeds itself near humanitarian sites, making it hard to avoid civilian casualties. Despite this, he stressed that Israel must do its best to minimize harm. The international community has criticized the high death toll, but Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has stressed the importance of military action in response to Hamas’ attack on southern Israel, which resulted in numerous casualties. The US President Joe Biden also emphasized the need for humanitarian pauses in the fighting to protect innocent Palestinian people and increase aid to Gaza.