US VP Harris welcomes rescue of hostages, mourns innocent lives lost in Gaza

US Vice President Kamala Harris speaks to the press in Parkland, Florida, March 23, 2024. (Drew Angerer/AFP)
US Vice President Kamala Harris speaks to the press in Parkland, Florida, March 23, 2024. (Drew Angerer/AFP)

US Vice President Kamala Harris welcomes the rescue of four hostages yesterday, and reiterates Washington’s call for the war to end.

“Before I begin, I just say a few words about the morning which I know weighs heavily on all of our hearts,” she tells the Michigan Democratic Party dinner.

“On October seventh, Hamas committed a brutal massacre of 1,200 innocent people and abducted 250 hostages,” she says. “Thankfully four of those hostages were reunited with their families tonight. And we mourn all of the innocent lives that have been lost in Gaza, including those tragically killed today.”

At this stage, Harris is heckled by a protester, who is quickly removed from the room. The vice president says that while she values that person’s opinion, she is the one who has the stage.

“We have been working every day to bring an end to this conflict in a way that ensures Israel is secure, brings home all hostages, ends ongoing suffering for Palestinian people and ensures that Palestinians can enjoy their right to self determination, dignity and freedom,” she says. “As President Biden said last week, it is time for this war to end.”

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