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War between Israel and Hamas: Conflict could ‘metastasize’, Blinken warns in Qatar

The conflict between Israel and Palestinian Hamas in the Gaza Strip, entering its fourth month, could “metastasize,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned Sunday in Doha, Qatar, as he tours the region to try to avoid a fire in the Gaza Strip. Middle East.

Although his country is the main political and military supporter of the Jewish state, he considered it “imperative” that Israel do more to protect Palestinian civilians displaced in the Gaza Strip, who should be able to “return home.”

“This is a moment of deep tension in the region. This is a conflict that could easily metastasize, causing more instability and more suffering,” he said during a press conference alongside Qatari Prime Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani.

“Do more to protect Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip”

Faced with a death toll in the Gaza Strip that now exceeds 22,800, according to the Hamas government, the US secretary of state confirmed that he would raise with Israeli officials “the need to do more to protect Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip.”

“As operations are scaled down, it will certainly be easier to ensure that civilians are not harmed and more assistance can be provided,” he added. Antony Blinken also repeated his opposition to statements by Israeli ministers advocating the return of Jewish settlers to Gaza, saying that “Palestinian civilians (should) be able to return home as soon as conditions permit.”

Death of two Qatari reporters: ‘an unimaginable tragedy’

He also said he “deeply regretted” the deaths of two Al Jazeera journalists killed on Sunday in a strike blamed on Israel. “This is an unimaginable tragedy,” he said. Hamza Wael Dadou, an Al Jazeera journalist, and his colleague Mustafa Thuraya, a freelance videographer who worked for the Qatari channel and contributed to AFP and other international media, were killed while driving in the southern tip of the Palestinian territory. .

Qatar’s prime minister said on Sunday his country was continuing efforts to reach a new truce, even as the killing of Hamas’ No. 2 in Beirut affected what he called a “complex process.” But “we are not giving up,” he added.

After Jordan and Qatar, the US Secretary of State arrived in the evening in Abu Dhabi, a new stop on his regional tour, from where he will then travel to Saudi Arabia.

Source: Le Parisien

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