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John Kirby, spokesperson for the White House National Security Council, has called for Israel to move towards lower-intensity fighting in the ongoing war in Gaza, which has now reached its 100th day.

On CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Kirby responded to Margaret Brennan’s query about the US urging Israel to de-escalate, stating, “I can tell you, Secretary Blinken just came from the region, that we have been talking to them intensely about a transition to low-intensity operations. We believe it’s the right time for that transition. And we’re talking to them about doing that.”

Kirby further detailed the steps Israel has taken towards this transition, noting, “Now they have done some precursory steps to try to kind of get to that point. They’re some- pulling some troops out, they’re relying a little less on airstrikes,” he added. Emphasizing the shift in strategy, Kirby mentioned that “the next logical phase” would involve “more precise raids” and “less airstrikes.”

This comes as the war’s toll, as reported by the Gaza Health Ministry, includes over 24,000 deaths in Gaza since the conflict began. This number does not differentiate between civilian and combatant casualties. The Associated Press adds that about 85 percent of Gaza’s 2.3 million residents have been displaced. In contrast, Israel faced approximately 1,200 killed in the initial Hamas attacks that sparked the war and about 240 captured as hostages. In addition, the IDF has lost 188 soldiers in Gaza.


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