Blinken Urges Aid for Gaza, Calls for Peace Talks in Israel
Blinken Urges Aid for Gaza, Calls for Peace Talks in Israel

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is in Israel to talk about helping Gaza and pushing for peace.

He's meeting with Israeli leaders to discuss sending more aid to Gaza. At the same time, he's asking the Palestinian group Hamas to agree to a deal for releasing hostages and stopping the fighting.

Blinken has already visited Saudi Arabia and Jordan this week before coming to Israel.

This is his seventh visit to the region. The conflict started on October 7 when Hamas attacked Israel.

Blinken wants Israel to make specific changes to improve the flow of aid to Gaza, where many people are suffering.

He says, "We need to focus on helping the people in Gaza who are caught in the middle of this conflict caused by Hamas."

Hamas attacked Israel on October 7, killing 1,200 people and taking 250 hostages. In response, Israel has bombed Gaza, killing more than 34,000 Palestinians. The UN says over a million people in Gaza could face famine because of the war.

Blinken's meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is happening about a month after US President Joe Biden warned Israel to take steps to protect civilians and aid workers.

The UN Secretary-General also says progress has been made to prevent a famine in Gaza, but Israel needs to do more.

Aid from Jordan is starting to arrive in Gaza, and there are plans for more aid to come through Israel and by sea soon.

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