Blinken says reaching ceasefire in Gaza enables Hamas to regroup: media

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken

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# 05 November 2023 02:31 (UTC +04:00)

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Saturday that reaching an immediate ceasefire in Gaza would enable the Hamas movement to regroup its forces, APA reports citing Xinhua.

He made the remarks during a joint press conference in Jordan's capital Amman with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, following a meeting with foreign ministers of some Arab countries as well as a PLO official on the Israel-Hamas conflict.

At the press conference, Blinken reaffirmed America's support for "humanitarian pauses" in Gaza that would allow aid delivery and civilians to move freely to safe places.

He stressed the need to protect Palestinian civilians while reaffirming his country's support for Israel's right to "defend itself against the Hamas movement."

He said the United States would leverage its influence to prevent any additional countries from opening new fronts in the Israel-Hamas conflict.

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