MADRID, Nov. 30 (.) –
The White House National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan, pointed out this Tuesday the “imperative need” for the teams of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to have access to all the hostages still in the hands of the Movement of Islamic Resistance (Hamas) to provide them with medical assistance.
This was stated during a conversation with the president of the ICRC, Mirjana Spoljaric Egger, in which Sullivan thanked the NGO for its “hard work” in providing humanitarian aid to civilians in the Gaza Strip despite the great risks that their workers run.
Both Sullivan and Egger have discussed ongoing efforts to maintain and increase the flow of humanitarian aid to Gaza, as well as ways to restore basic services in the enclave and increase protection of civilians.
Finally, the White House has reiterated the call to achieve the release of all the hostages captured after the Hamas assault on October 7, which left 1,200 dead and 240 prisoners.
Israel’s response attacks have left more than 15,000 Palestinians dead in the Strip, while the Israeli military’s offensive and harassment of settlers in the West Bank have since killed more than 230 Palestinians.
Israel and Hamas agreed last week on a four-day temporary truce that came into effect on Friday and was extended on Monday, although it ends this Thursday unless they can reach an agreement for another extension.