WH admits Gaza ceasefire unlikely to happen soon - report

Friday, 14. May 2021 05:29

The White House recognized that a de-escalation of hostilities between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip was unlikely to happen in the next couple of days, the Times of Israel reported.

Citing a source familiar with the matter, United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken admitted that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who was in contact with the US, has limited influence when it comes to ceasing the rocket attacks at Israel, considering they were instigated by Hamas, their main political rival. Additionally, the Biden administration has reportedly been in touch with Qatar, with the aim to pressure the group into a ceasefire, considering the kingdom provides humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip. However, it is unknown whether significant progress was made in that area.

US President Joe Biden has previously asserted that the conflict would end "sooner rather than later," while the US pushed back the United Nations Security Council meeting in order to work more on a diplomatic solution to the situation.

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