Gallant, Austin discuss humanitarian aid, hostages

In a recent dialogue, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and Israeli Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant focused on the ongoing efforts to defeat Hamas and secure the release of hostages. Austin expressed strong dismay over an Israeli strike on a World Central Kitchen aid convoy in Gaza, which resulted in the death of seven workers, including an American. He emphasized the urgent need for protective measures for aid workers and civilians, pushing for a quick and open investigation into the incident.

Austin highlighted the critical humanitarian contributions of World Central Kitchen, particularly its role in supporting communities affected by conflicts, including delivering over 40 million meals in Gaza. He stressed the tragedy’s impact on humanitarian assistance efforts and called for an increase in aid access, especially to northern Gaza to prevent famine.

Reaffirming U.S. support for Israel’s security, Austin addressed the broader spectrum of regional threats, emphasizing the importance of accountability and transparent actions to uphold humanitarian principles.–News Desk