Netanyahu speaks to Germany’s Scholz, who stresses plight of Gaza’s civilians

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed the ground offensive in southern Gaza with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in a phone call today, Scholz’s office says.

The two leaders “spoke about the necessary efforts for the greatest possible protection of civilians and a substantial improvement of the humanitarian situation of people in the Gaza Strip,” according to a statement.

It adds that Scholz “stressed that more humanitarian aid must reach people in the Gaza Strip and this must happen on a reliable basis,” and that the leaders discussed the situation in the West Bank and “acts of violence by settlers.”

The statement doesn’t specify who initiated the call.

There is no immediate readout by Israel.

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