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18 Dec 2023

US urges Israel to reduce intensity of war in Gaza

The US Defence secretary has returned to Israel with a message that has become increasingly vocal but too late for thousands: scale back the intensity of the war in Gaza.

Lloyd Austin insisted that protecting civilians should be both a moral duty and a ‘strategic imperative’ – adding that America’s support for Israel’s right to defend itself remained “ironclad”.

But as the number of Palestinian casualties rises ever higher – the calls for an urgent ceasefire are growing ever louder around the world.

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