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White House: Rafah strike did not change US policy toward Israel

May 28, 2024

The Israeli shelling of a Hamas facility in Rafah, which killed dozens of Palestinians, will not change the US policy of supporting Tel Aviv.


According to an Ukrinform correspondent, White House adviser John Kirby told reporters on Tuesday.

“We still do not believe that a major ground operation in Rafah would be justified. We don't want the Israelis to move into Rafah with large units. And we don't see that happening at the moment,” Kirby emphasized.
At the same time, he emphasized: “After this attack on Sunday, I can't talk about changes in policy. It just happened.”

According to him, the Israelis are going to conduct a proper investigation, from which it will be possible to draw appropriate conclusions.

When asked what number of civilian casualties would prompt the US to change its policy, Kirby said,

“There is no yardstick or quota. As we have said many times, the right number of civilian casualties is zero.”

At the same time, people often die in war, he added.

The same position was expressed in the Pentagon.

“We still believe that what is happening in Rafah and what the [Israeli military] is doing is limited,” Sabrina Singh, a deputy spokeswoman for the military department, told reporters on Tuesday.

Author - Serhii Kolomiets, 29/05/2024

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