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‘Gaza must remain Palestinian land’: US says it opposes reduction of Strip’s territory after PM said to assert it’ll happen

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

US National Security Council coordinator for strategic communications John Kirby answers questions during the daily briefing at the White House, August 1, 2022, in Washington, DC. (Win McNamee/Getty Images via AFP)
US National Security Council coordinator for strategic communications John Kirby answers questions during the daily briefing at the White House, August 1, 2022, in Washington, DC. (Win McNamee/Getty Images via AFP)

White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby says the US opposes any reduction in Gaza’s territory after a Kan public broadcaster report reported that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told US Secretary of State Antony Blinken yesterday that Israel will create a security buffer zone “deep” into Gaza.

“We don’t support any reduction of the geographic limits of Gaza… Gaza must remain Palestinian land, and cannot be reduced,” Kirby says during a press briefing.

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