US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned that the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza could “spread” and threaten security throughout the Middle East. “This is a time of deep tension in the region. “It is a conflict that can easily spread, causing more insecurity and suffering,” Blinken said at a press conference in Qatar during a regional tour aimed at calming the conflict.
Blinken also described the statements of the far-right Israeli ministers Bezalel Smotrich and Itamar Ben Gvir, calling for the transfer of Gaza residents out of the Strip, as “irresponsible.” Blinken said during the press conference held in Doha that Palestinian civilians should be able to “return to their homes” after the end of the conflict and not be forced to leave Gaza. Blinken, who participated in a mission to various Middle Eastern countries, confirmed that he would emphasize during his meetings in Israel the necessity of preventing civilian casualties in Gaza. Finally, Blinken described the deaths of the Al Jazeera journalists as an “unimaginable tragedy.”
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