Any move by Israel to occupy the Gaza Strip again would be a “big mistake,” US President Joe Biden said in an interview released on Sunday, as Israeli troops prepared for a ground invasion.
04:53am: Biden calls killing of Muslim boy ‘horrific act of hate’
President Joe Biden on Sunday condemned the deadly stabbing attack against a six-year-old Muslim boy, which police have linked to the ongoing Israel-Hamas war, as a “horrific act of hate.”
“This horrific act of hate has no place in America, and stands against our fundamental values: freedom from fear for how we pray, what we believe, and who we are,” Biden said in a statement, adding he was praying for the recovery of the boy’s mother, who was also severely wounded in the attack.
02:36am: Biden: Hamas ‘don’t represent all the Palestinian people’
Israel, seeking vengeance for an attack by Hamas on October 7, has declared war on the militant group, launching a relentless bombing campaign and warning more than a million people in northern Gaza to move south ahead of the operation.
Asked by CBS news program 60 Minutes if he would support any occupation of Gaza by the American ally, Biden replied: “I think it’d be a big mistake.”
Hamas “don’t represent all the Palestinian people,” he continued.
But invading and “taking out the extremists” is a “necessary requirement,” he added.
Key developments from Sunday, October 15:
The death toll in the Gaza Strip climbed to 2,329 Palestinians dead and 9,714 injured on Sunday morning, according to Gaza’s health ministry, making it the deadliest Gaza war for Palestinians to date.
Medics in Gaza warned Sunday that thousands could die as hospitals packed with wounded people run desperately low on fuel and basic supplies.
The Israeli army said it was striking inside Lebanon on Sunday following anti-tank missile fire towards a border community, in the latest incident of cross-border shelling.
(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP and Reuters)