The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, assured today that his country is making “the greatest effort” to protect civilians in the Gaza Strip from the Israeli bombing campaign and indicated that it is working with Israel to “open safe corridors” for the enclave population.
“We don’t want to see civilian casualties in Gaza or anywhere else in the world, and we are doing everything we can to protect them,” Blinken said in a meeting in Riyadh with the Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia, Faisal bin Farhan.
The American stated that he is working with the Israeli authorities to “open safe corridors and establish safe zones so that civilians are not harmed by these attacks,” while insisting that the State of the Jews “continues to exercise his legal and natural right to defend himself.”
“The brutal crimes committed by Hamas are unacceptable. But Hamas does not speak for the Palestinian people; it is a terrorist organization whose goal is to destroy Israel,” Blinken said, underscoring his defense of the military campaign. of Israel against Gaza in response to the Islamist group’s attack on October 7.
For his part, the Saudi minister told the American that “civilians on both sides are the ones who suffer the most” in this conflict and stressed that “it is important to reject the civilian targets” of the attacks.
“We must focus on other priorities such as de-escalation and ceasefire, as well as speeding up humanitarian work in Gaza to ensure the arrival of humanitarian aid and deliver it,” said Bin Farhan.
In this sense, he urged people to “work together to find a way out of this crisis,” because “without a collective effort,” the spiral of violence cannot stop.
Blinken arrived in Riyadh this morning as part of a Middle East tour that has taken him to Israel, Jordan, Qatar, and Bahrain to insist on the United States’ “unwavering” support for the Jewish state and establishment. contacts to ensure that the conflict does not spread to other fields.