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A full ceasefire in Gaza would solely assist Hamas as Israel wages an air marketing campaign in opposition to the militant group, however humanitarian “pauses” ought to be thought-about to let very important help in, the White Home mentioned Tuesday.

The feedback got here as President Joe Biden mentioned help deliveries to the Palestinian enclave, underneath Israeli bombardment because the lethal Hamas assaults of October 7, had been “not quick sufficient.”

“A ceasefire proper now actually solely advantages Hamas,” Nationwide Safety Council spokesman John Kirby advised journalists.

1000’s of individuals have been killed on each side since Hamas militants stormed throughout the border, executing civilians and seizing hostages, with Israel retaliating with relentless strikes on the Gaza Strip.

UN chief Antonio Guterres earlier Tuesday urged a direct ceasefire in Gaza, as European Union leaders had been contemplating a name for a pause within the combating.

Kirby mentioned that whereas Washington opposed a full ceasefire, stoppages within the combating to facilitate the supply of help was “one thing that must be thought-about.”

“We wish to see all measure of safety for civilians and pauses in an operation is a instrument and a tactic that may try this for momentary intervals of time,” he mentioned.

“It’s not the identical as saying a ceasefire.”

An alleged Israeli strike in Gaza Metropolis. Photograph: Mahmud Hams/AFP

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken earlier requested the UN Safety Council to assist a brand new US-led decision on the battle that may again “humanitarian pauses” to let in help however not a full ceasefire.

Biden mentioned Monday that “discuss” about any ceasefire might solely begin as soon as the entire greater than 200 hostages taken by Hamas within the assault had been launched.

Kirby in the meantime warned that whereas america had urged Israel to reduce civilian casualties, some had been inevitable.

“That is battle. It’s fight. It’s bloody, ugly and it’s going to be messy and harmless civilians are going to be harm going ahead,” Kirby mentioned.

“I want I might let you know one thing completely different and want that there wasn’t going to occur, however it will occur. And that doesn’t make it proper, doesn’t make it dismissible.”

Israel was left surprised and livid by the bloody assault on southern communities by which it says Hamas killed greater than 1,400 folks and took the hostages, together with some People.

Israel has responded with heavy air and artillery strikes which have killed 5,791 in Gaza, in keeping with the Hamas-ruled well being ministry, and plunged the Palestinian territory right into a dire humanitarian disaster.