State Department admits possibility Palestinian aid will fund Hamas arsenal

The official made the admission during a call ahead of Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s upcoming trip to the Middle East. Blinken is expected to push Israel, Hamas and other regional powers to ensure that a recently brokered cease-fire remains in place.

We’re going to be working in partnership with the United Nations and the Palestinian Authority to kind of channel aid there in a manner that does its best to go to the people of Gaza,” 这位官员说, 根据 a transcript. “I’m also sure that the government of Egypt will have some role in that.

As we’ve seen in life, as we all know in life, there are no guarantees, but we’re going to do everything that we can to ensure that this assistance reaches the people who need it the most,” the official added.

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In a speech last week, President Biden pledged to work with the United Nations and other entities toprovide rapid humanitarian assistanceand reconstruction aid in the Gaza Strip. He noted that his administration would work infull partnership to the Palestinian Authorityto ensure Hamas did not use the aid to rebuild its arsenal.

Biden reiterated that goal in a statement earlier Monday, declaring that Blinken would lead discussions on thecoordinated international effort to ensure immediate assistance reaches Gaza in a way that benefits the people there and not Hamas.

Israel and Hamas agreed to a cease-fire after 11 days of escalating military clashes. Egyptian officials played a key role in brokering the agreement.

Blinken is expected to meet with several key regional leaders during his upcoming trip, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi and Jordanian King Abdullah II.

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