Blinken Arrives in Middle East to Broker Gaza Ceasefire


U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrives at Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv, in Israel, on Monday, June 10, 2024. Blinken arrived in Israel as part of a regional tour to push for a much awaited Gaza ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. (Jack Guez/Pool via AP)
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Today, the U.S. military resumes airdrops of aid in Gaza, and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in the Middle East to push for a ceasefire. Blinken met with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in Cairo, emphasizing the need for Hamas to agree to President Joe Biden’s ceasefire proposal, which Israel has already accepted.

Over the weekend, a botched Israeli rescue operation in Nuseirat resulted in the deaths of 274 Palestinians. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) dispute the numbers, estimating the casualties are under 100. The operation was condemned internationally for the high civilian death toll.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, speaks to reporters after his meeting with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, at Cairo airport, Egypt, Monday, June 10, 2024. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, Pool)

In response to the situation, Israeli War Cabinet Minister Benny Gantz resigned, criticizing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s strategy in Gaza.

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas called for an emergency UN council session to discuss the incident, describing it as a gruesome massacre. Leaders from Egypt, Lebanon, Iran, and Kuwait are also condemning the strikes, calling them a breach of international law and demanding accountability.

Click play to listen to the report from AURN White House Correspondent Ebony McMorris. For more news, follow @E_N_McMorris & @aurnonline.

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