US Secretary of Defense asks Gantz to investigate civilian casualties in Gaza from Israeli attack

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin urged his Israeli counterpart Benny Gantz to take steps to calm the situation between Israel and Palestinian resistance groups in Gaza.

A US Department of Defense statement said Austin expressed his concern to Gantz about reports of Palestinian civilian casualties from Israeli raids.

Austin called for a timely investigation into civilian casualties from the Israeli raids.

But the US Secretary of Defense stressed “Israel’s right to self-defense and the unwavering commitment of the United States to Israel’s security,” the Pentagon said in a statement.

On Friday night, Israel carried out a series of raids in the Gaza Strip, killing 10 Palestinians, including a prominent leader of the Al-Quds Brigades, Taysir al-Jabari, and a girl no older than five years old.

Source: US Department of Defense website.

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