The Biden administration is issuing urgent warnings to Israel over the next phase of its military operation in Gaza, saying a campaign in the south of the strip must not be carried out to the same level of destruction as took place in the north of the territory.
The administration is proposing that Israel agrees to “areas of deconfliction,” which is to include United Nations facilities and shelters that would not be subject to active military fighting, a senior administration official said in a call with reporters Monday night.
“You cannot have the sort of scale of displacement that took place in the north, replicated in the south,” the official said, as part of a call discussing efforts to scale up humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip.
The majority of the population of Gaza, more than 2 million people, are now concentrated in the center and south of the strip. The entire enclave is a mere 141 square miles.
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