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Biden and Netanyahu discuss humanitarian pauses in Gaza

On the wall hang pictures of hostages kidnapped by Hamas.
On the wall hang pictures of hostages kidnapped by Hamas.
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4:54 PM EST, November 7, 2023

In an interview with ABC News, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu underscored, "Without the release of hostages, there can be no general ceasefire in the Gaza Strip." The casualty Toll from the conflict has already surpassed 10,000.

Nevertheless, Netanyahu didn't rule out "minor tactical pauses". He referred to brief periods, which could be used for the delivery of humanitarian aid to the residents of the Gaza Strip.

"An hour here, an hour there"

Such pauses might also enable hostages held by Hamas to escape. "An hour here, an hour there - we've had such breaks before," said the Israeli Prime Minister.

In a phone call with Joe Biden, Netanyahu broached the possibility of announcing "humanitarian pauses" in the Gaza Strip. John Kirby, the spokesperson for the National Security Council (NSC), furnished this information.

Appalling Casualty Toll from the Conflict

On October 7, there was a strike by terrorist organization Hamas launched from the Gaza Strip. This strike, the most lethal against Israel since the war with the Syrian-Egyptian coalition in 1973, resulted in over 1,400 Israelis losing their lives and more than 5,400 sustaining injuries. Hamas reportedly has abducted at least 242 people into the Gaza Strip.

Conversely, according to figures from the Palestinian Ministry of Health, which is overseen by Hamas, the conflict has caused the deaths of over 10,000 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip.

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