US criticizes Israel on Gaza civilian death toll


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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, in his strongest public criticism of Israel's conduct of the war on Hamas in south Gaza, said there was a gap between the government's declared intentions to protect civilians and the casualties. "As we stand here almost a week into this campaign into the south ... it remains imperative that Israel put a premium on civilian protection," Mr Blinken said at a press conference following a meeting with British Foreign Secretary David Cameron in Washington. "And there does remain a gap between ... the intent to protect civilians and the actual results that we're...