President Joe Biden said Wednesday that a “pause” is needed in the war between Israel and Hamas.
“I think we need a break,” Biden said in response to a question at a campaign reception in Minnesota. When asked to clarify what a pause meant, he replied: “A pause means giving time to bring out the prisoners. Give time.
The comment came after he was interrupted by a protester calling for a ceasefire in Gaza.
Biden said last week that the flow of humanitarian aid to Gaza must “increase,” after Secretary of State Antony Blinken publicly stated that “humanitarian pauses must be considered” so that food, water, medicines and other essential humanitarian aid can flow to Gaza. .
NBC News reported at the time that, according to a US official, the White House supported an indefinite “pause” to allow more aid to reach Gaza and to allow those trying to leave the enclave to leave. safely.
Negotiations to free 239 hostages, including children and the elderly, have continued since the October 7 Hamas terrorist attack that killed around 1,400 people in Israel. After Hamas crossed the Israeli border, other groups in Gaza captured more prisoners.
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