Harris calls for ceasefire and enhanced aid to Gaza: A diplomatic push amid crisis

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris has called for an immediate six-week ceasefire from Hamas and urged Israel to increase aid to Gaza, labeling the situation a "humanitarian catastrophe."

Publication: 04.03.2024 - 11:21
Harris calls for ceasefire and enhanced aid to Gaza: A diplomatic push amid crisis
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In Selma, Alabama, Harris made some of the U.S. government's most forceful comments to date on the crisis, highlighting the dire humanitarian conditions in Gaza, exacerbated by Israel's five-month military campaign. Harris argued for a swift ceasefire and detailed steps for Israel to improve aid flow into the densely-populated enclave, where widespread famine looms.

Harris's appeal comes as a Hamas delegation arrived in Cairo for ceasefire talks, amid reports of Israel's absence due to disagreements over hostages. Despite these challenges, the U.S. remains optimistic about reaching a ceasefire agreement before Ramadan. The potential deal, aiming for the war's first extended truce, hinges on the release of hostages by Hamas in exchange for Palestinian detainees. Diplomatic efforts intensify, with key meetings scheduled in Washington to address the conflict and explore de-escalation strategies along the Lebanese-Israeli border.

The humanitarian crisis in Gaza, highlighted by a tragic incident involving aid trucks and resulting in over 100 Palestinian deaths, underscores the urgency of Harris's calls. She detailed specific actions for Israel to facilitate aid delivery, including opening new border crossings and ensuring the safety of humanitarian efforts. Meanwhile, the U.S. has initiated airdrops of meals into Gaza and is exploring new routes for aid delivery. The ongoing conflict, marked by significant casualties and destruction, amplifies the need for immediate ceasefire and concerted humanitarian assistance.

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