US says opposes 'reoccupation' of Gaza by Israel

AFP , Tuesday 7 Nov 2023

The United States said Tuesday it opposed a new long-term occupation of the Gaza Strip by Israel, whose Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed "overall security" of the territory following the war.

Israeli soldier near the border with the Gaza Strip
An Israeli soldier arranges artillery shells at a position near the border with the Gaza Strip in southern Israel on November 6, 2023. AFP


"Our viewpoint is that Palestinians must be at the forefront of these decisions and Gaza is Palestinian land and it will remain Palestinian land," State Department spokesman Vedant Patel told reporters.

"Generally speaking, we do not support the reoccupation of Gaza," he said.

Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip, which it captured in the 1967 Six-Day War, in 2005. It later imposed a blockade after Hamas movement seized control of the territory.

Patel said that the United States agreed "there is no returning to the October 6 status quo," referring to the day before Al-Aqsa Flood operation.

Netanyahu, in an interview Monday with ABC News, said that Israel would assume "overall security" over Gaza "for an indefinite period" after the war, which is now entering its second month.

Since 7 October, the Israeli military has relentlessly bombarded Gaza and is scaling up ground operations on the north of the besieged territory, killing at least 10,328 Palestinians, including 4,237 children, more than 2600 women, 600 elderly, while injuring 25,965 according to the Palestanian health ministry.

* This story was edited by Ahram Online.

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