Gallant and US defense secretary Austin discuss Gaza war, regional security

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin speaks with Defense Minister Yoav Gallant on “Israel’s shift to low-intensity operations in Gaza, the distribution of humanitarian assistance in Gaza, instability in the West Bank, and a range of regional security matters,” according to a readout of the call.

Austin emphasized to Gallant the need to step up humanitarian aid across Gaza, and protect civilians. In addition, he “acknowledged” Israel’s concerns over intensifying clashes with Iran-backed Hezbollah on the Lebanon border, and “reiterated US resolve to prevent the situation from escalating,” says the readout.

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