3:31 am ET, November 3, 2023
13 US senators call for “short-term ceasefire” in Gaza
From CNN’s Colin McCullough
Thirteen Democratic senators called for a “short-term halt to hostilities that pose a high risk to civilians, aid workers or the delivery of humanitarian aid in Gaza.” Report From legislators.
“As senators, we are closely monitoring the war in Gaza, and we believe more must be done to protect civilian lives,” said Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey’s office said in a statement.
While the senators insisted that Israel had the right to defend itself against Hamas, they said it “must minimize harm to civilians and allow humanitarian aid to reach those suffering.”
Senators hoped to accomplish three goals with a short-term truce:
- Successful delivery of necessary humanitarian assistance to the public under strict and necessary supervision.
- On 7 October, attention was focused on the release of all hostages who had been abducted
- An opportunity for broad discussion between the Israeli and Palestinian leadership, together with regional and global partners, on long-term strategies to defuse the decades-long conflict in the region.
This statement came as the US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken He arrived in Israel on Friday to stress the Israeli government’s offensive in Gaza. US President Joe Biden and his top advisers Israel has been warned As global outcry over the level of humanitarian suffering in Gaza intensifies, pursuing its military goals will become increasingly difficult.
In addition to Markey, the report was signed by Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Tommy Duckworth (D-). Ill.), Peter Welch (D-Vt.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Cory Booker (DN.J.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Gene Shaheen (DNH).