ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 147

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Kirby says US has ‘not seen’ Israel’s plan for Rafah, praises IDF efforts to protect civilians

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Speaking at a White House press briefing, National Security spokesman John Kirby says that the US has “not seen what the Israelis are thinking” on a plan to protect civilians in case of an operation in Rafah.

“Any credible plan that could be executable would have to take into account their physical movement, safe movement, as well as proper sustenance for them – food, water, medicine, access to healthcare,” says Kirby, amid US and international warnings to Israel ahead of an expected IDF operation in the Gaza border city.

Kirby, a retired naval officer, praises IDF conduct during the war on Hamas to this stage: “We have seen them take actions, sometimes actions that even I’m not sure our own military would take, in terms of informing civilian populations ahead of operations where to go, where not to go.”

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