Washington: The United States has expressed its opposition to Israel’s recent long-term occupation of the Gaza Strip.
According to international news agencies, Vedant Patel, the Deputy Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State, stated that the United States does not support the forced relocation of Palestinians from Gaza. “Our viewpoint is that Palestinians must be at the forefront of these decisions and Gaza is Palestinian land and it will remain Palestinian land”, he stated.
Israel had previously withdrawn from the Gaza Strip in 2005, which it had captured during the 1967 Six-Day War. Subsequently, Israel imposed a blockade on the territory after Hamas assumed control.
Earlier in an interview with ABC News, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu stated that Israel would take on the responsibility of “overall security” in Gaza “for an indefinite period” following the prolonged conflict, which has now entered its second month.