Israel will need to explain how it plans to protect Gazans who fled south before expanding ground op there — US

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

Smoke rises above an underground complex as the IDF blows up a tunnel network in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza, in footage released on November 19, 2023. (Kan TV Screenshot, used in accordance with clause 27a of the copyright law)
Smoke rises above an underground complex as the IDF blows up a tunnel network in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza, in footage released on November 19, 2023. (Kan TV Screenshot, used in accordance with clause 27a of the copyright law)

US State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller is asked for Washington’s position regarding the potential for the IDF expanding its ground incursion into southern Gaza.

Miller says that before doing so, Israel will have to answer questions regarding how it will protect the civilians it told to flee south from northern Gaza.

“We do have concerns that concentrating all civilians in one area does leave them vulnerable to harm, and we are trying to work through [this] with the government of Israel,” Miller says.

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