In a diplomatic push, the Biden administration is strongly advising Israel to proceed with caution in its military assault in South Gaza. The focus is on establishing “areas of deconfliction” to prevent civilian casualties and protect critical infrastructure. This strategic approach aims to avoid the extensive destruction witnessed in the northern region.
The proposed plan seeks to spare United Nations facilities, shelters, electricity, and water stations from active military engagements. With over two million people concentrated in central and southern Gaza due to displacement caused by Israeli airstrikes, the emphasis is on preventing a humanitarian catastrophe.
A senior US official revealed the proposed strategy during a news briefing on Monday night, stressing the need to protect civilian sites and avoid a replication of the scale of displacement seen in the north. The strategy focuses on safeguarding humanitarian facilities, hospitals, and UN-supported shelters throughout south and central Gaza.
The Biden administration’s call underscores the precarious situation in Gaza, with the truce brokered with Hamas allowing humanitarian groups to increase aid efforts. Despite the ceasefire, challenges persist, particularly with over one million Palestinians displaced in Gaza. The proposed “areas of deconfliction” differ from previous “safe zones” and involve practical arrangements on the ground to ensure the safety of civilians and vital infrastructure.
As international attention remains on the region, the Biden administration’s nuanced approach seeks to balance military objectives with the imperative to prevent further humanitarian crises.
Note: The provided information is based on statements from a senior US official and is subject to developments in the situation.