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Blinken Criticizes Israel Over Failure to Protect Civilians Despite US Supplying Weapons

Anthony Blinken, the US Secretary of State, who has been heavily criticized in recent months following his support for the Israeli Regime against its ongoing onslaught in Gaza, has now criticized “Israel” for its invasion of Rafah, citing that the occupation entity lacked a plan to protect civilian life on the city of Rafah, where more than 1.2 million people are currently displaced under inhumane conditions. 

“We believe two things,” Blinken said in an interview with CBS. “One, you have to have a clear, credible plan to protect civilians, which we haven’t seen. Second, we also need to see a plan for what happens after this conflict in Gaza is over, and we still haven’t seen that.”

This comes as the US temporarily paused a shipment of 3,500 bombs, made up of 2000-pound and 500-pound bombs to the Israeli regime, claiming concerns that they could be used in Rafah, where 1.4 million Palestinains are forcefully displaced under inhumane conditions. 

Blinken further claimed that this suspension is “specific to this shipment and is based on the absence of a credible Israeli plan to protect Palestinians in Rafah.” He confirmed US President Joe Biden’s commitment to supporting “Israel’s right to defend itself” citing restrictions on arms might be taken into consideration if the occupation entity proceeds with its full-scale invasion of Rafah. 

“Civilians have been killed in Gaza as a consequence of those bombs and other ways in which they go after population centers,” Biden said at a CNN interview, notably missing the fact that the US has been supplying billions of dollars worth of arms to the Israeli regime, which has led to the killings of more than 35,000 Palestinians, mostly women and children.

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