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    Israel Agrees to Listen US Before Potential Rafah Invasion, White House Confirms


    In a significant development regarding the escalating situation in Gaza, Israel has reportedly agreed to engage with US concerns and perspectives before launching a potential invasion of the border city of Rafah. This decision was confirmed by White House national security spokesperson John Kirby on Sunday.

    The Israeli military is said to be ready to evacuate Palestinian civilians from Rafah and target Hamas strongholds in the area, as stated by a senior Israeli defence official earlier this week. Despite international warnings highlighting the risk of a humanitarian crisis, Israel’s preparations for the assault have continued.

    Acknowledging the gravity of the situation, Washington has emphasized the necessity of a credible and appropriate humanitarian plan before supporting any military operation in Rafah. John Kirby emphasized this stance, stating, “They’ve assured us that they won’t go into Rafah until we’ve had a chance to really share our perspectives and our concerns with them.”

    The upcoming visit of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to the region next week underscores ongoing diplomatic efforts. Kirby indicated that the US would continue pushing for a temporary ceasefire lasting at least six weeks, aiming for a more enduring solution afterward.

    Meanwhile, a Hamas delegation is scheduled to visit Cairo for talks aimed at securing a ceasefire, according to a Hamas official.

    This development follows earlier discussions between US President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, where Biden emphasized the protection of Palestinian civilians and foreign aid workers in Gaza. Biden warned of potential repercussions, including reduced support for Israel, if such protections were not upheld.

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