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The White House affirms that “yesterday was a terrible day” for the Israeli Army due to the number of deaths


01/22/2024 White House National Security Spokesperson, John Kirby POLITICA Europe Press/Contact/Michael Brochstein

The White House National Security spokesman, John Kirby, has stated that “yesterday was a terrible day” for the Israeli Army due to the death of a total of 21 soldiers in a single attack by Palestinian militias in the Gaza Strip. , while military operations by Israeli troops have left 25,500 Palestinians dead in less than four months. “Yesterday was a terrible day for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). It is a huge number of troops lost in one day. Without a doubt, our condolences go to all the families, as well as their colleagues,” he declared during a conference press release when asked if this loss of life could lead to a temporary ceasefire. However, the admiral has refused to assess the potential impact that this blow could have on the negotiations and has indicated that it is the Israeli authorities who can answer that question, although “the attention” is focused on removing the hostages. “and, of course, increase humanitarian aid” in the enclave. Kirby has asserted that the White House would support a ceasefire lasting one to three months — compared to the one-week humanitarian pause achieved last year — if it would achieve the objectives, especially freeing the Israelis. in the hands of the Palestinian militias. During the day on Monday, a total of 24 Israeli soldiers died, of which 21 died in the central area of ​​Gaza in a rocket-propelled grenade attack against a tank that was protecting a group of soldiers who were placing explosives in two buildings for demolition and the subsequent collapse of these structures. The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, appeared alongside the Minister of Defense, Yoav Gallant, and the opposition leader Benjamin Gantz, part of the war cabinet, to acknowledge that Monday “was one of the hardest days since the beginning of the war”. “We lost 24 of our best sons, heroes who fell defending the country,” he said, before insisting that the Army is carrying out an “exhaustive examination” of what he has described as “a disaster.” In this way, there are nearly 220 Israeli soldiers killed since the beginning of the offensive against Gaza, launched after the attacks carried out on October 7 by Hamas, which left nearly 1,200 dead and about 240 kidnapped – 130 of them which are still being held–, according to the balance sheets of the Israeli authorities. The Gaza authorities, controlled by the Islamist group, have reported to date nearly 25,500 deaths from Israeli attacks, to which are added some 360 ​​Palestinians killed in the West Bank and East Jerusalem at the hands of Israeli security forces and in attacks by settlers since October 7.



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