The White House has refrained from making an official comment regarding the statement attributed to US President Joseph Biden, which appeared to express agreement with the idea that Israel should postpone any potential ground invasion of Gaza until more hostages are released from captivity, as reported by "The Guardian." It was reported by Reuters that during a recent incident, reporters attempted to pose a question to President Biden as he was boarding Air Force One, the presidential plane, which was running its engines.
One of the questions asked whether Israel should delay its invasion of Gaza until more hostages are rescued. In response, Biden appeared to affirm the idea. However, the White House later clarified that the President had some difficulty hearing the question clearly.
Ben LaBolt, the White House communications director, mentioned, "The President was at a distance, and he did not hear the question very clearly. It sounded more like, 'Would you like to see more hostages released?' Other than that, he had no further comment to offer." Currently, Israel has assembled tanks and troops in proximity to Gaza in preparation for a potential ground invasion.
The conflict in Gaza initiated after Hamas militants launched an invasion of Israel on October 7
According to "The Guardian," the bombing of Gaza has resulted in a significant loss of life, with over 4,137 Palestinians reported killed, including hundreds of children.
Additionally, more than a million people have been displaced, as confirmed by Palestinian officials. The conflict in Gaza initiated after Hamas militants launched an invasion of Israel on October 7, resulting in the deaths of approximately 1,400 people, a majority of whom were civilians.
Moreover, around 200 hostages were taken during these events. It's important to note that the situation in the region remains fluid, and the dynamics of the conflict could change rapidly, which may necessitate further updates and clarifications from the involved parties, including the White House and international news sources.