US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said: “We believe people should be able to stay in Gaza, their home. But we also want to make sure they are out of harm’s way and that they get the help they need.”
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he categorically rejects the possibility of expelling Palestinians from the Gaza Strip, an “idea doomed to failure,” saying Gazans should be able to stay while Israel fights Hamas.
Antony Blinken is on a crisis tour in the Middle East after Hamas’s deadly Oct. 7 attack in Israel killed more than 1,400 people, most of them civilians, sparking retaliations that killed at least 2,670 people.
While Israel asked more than a million Gazans to leave the northern Strip before the ground invasion, Israeli politicians have proposed sending the Palestinians back to neighboring Egypt.
“We believe people should be able to stay in Gaza.”
Anthony Blinken said in a speech: “I heard directly from Palestinian Authority President (Mahmoud) Abbas and every other leader I spoke to in the region that this idea is doomed to fail, and we will not support it.” An interview with Saudi Arabia’s Al Arabiya channel aired on Sunday.
Former Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel Ayalon called on Egypt to cooperate and establish camps for Palestinians, saying that there is “almost endless space” in Sinai, a vast desert area previously occupied by Israel.
Egypt rejected the idea, and the US Secretary of State focused during his visit on ways to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza, the densely populated and impoverished enclave of 2.3 million people, led by Hamas.
Mahmoud Abbas, head of the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, warned Anthony Blinken on Friday that the displacement of Gaza’s residents would be tantamount to the “second Nakba,” which refers to the displacement and expulsion of more than 760,000 Palestinians during the establishment of the occupying state. The State of Israel in 1948.
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