Western diplomats seek to prevent Gaza spillover after three months of war

Western diplomats seek to prevent Gaza spillover after three months of war

On Sunday, top officials from the US and Europe tried to find ways to stop the Gaza war from spreading to other parts of the unstable Middle East. However, more violence three months after the conflict began showed how hard it is for them.

Antony Blinken, the U.S. secretary of state, and Josep Borrell, the top diplomat for the European Union, were both in the area to try to stop the war from spreading to Lebanon, the West Bank, and the shipping lanes in the Red Sea. The Houthis, who are allied with Iran, have threatened to keep attacking until Israel stops its campaign in the Palestinian enclave.

Blinken, who was in Jordan on Sunday and will also visit Israel, the West Bank, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt on his fourth trip to the area, said, “We have a strong focus on stopping this conflict from spreading.”

A palace statement said that King Abdullah of Jordan told Blinken to use Washington’s power over Israel to pressure it to end the fighting right away. He also warned Blinken of the “catastrophic consequences” of Israel’s continued military operation.

Even though people around the world are worried about the deaths and damage in Gaza and are calling for a ceasefire, the Israeli public is still fully behind the operation to get rid of the Hamas group that runs Gaza, though support for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has dropped a lot.


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