Biden says 'did not demand' that Israel delay Gaza invasion

AFP , Wednesday 25 Oct 2023

US President Joe Biden said Wednesday that he "did not demand" that Israel delay a ground invasion of Gaza until hostages held by Hamas are freed.

US President Joe Biden speaks during a joint press conference with Australia s Prime Minister Anthony Albanese at the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, on October 25, 2023. AFP


"It's their decision but I did not demand it," Biden said of his conversations with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

"What I have indicated to him is that if it's possible to get these folks out safely that's what he should do."

Biden also said he has "no confidence" in civilian casualty figures put forward by Palestinians.

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