US hails IDF tactical pauses in Gaza fighting, says will judge move by its results

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

The US welcomes the IDF’s decision to implement daily localized pauses in fighting to expand the flow of humanitarian aid in Gaza.

“That is a step we very much welcome. It’s something we’ve been urging for a very long time,” US State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller says during a press briefing.

He says the pauses should help improve the distribution of aid that has stagnated in recent weeks amid Israel’s operations in the southern Gaza city of Rafah.

However, Miller clarifies that the US will judge Israel by the results of the move.

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