Blinken: It is imperative that Israel protect civilians in Gaza

Visiting US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, who met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, stressed the need to protect civilians in southern Gaza, where many people have fled, AFP reported.

Blinken "stressed the need to consider the humanitarian needs and protection of the civilian population in southern Gaza before any military operations there," State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said in a statement, adding that he "urged Israel to take all possible measures to avoid harming the civilian population". /BGNES