US Vice President Harris urges Israel to do more to protect Palestinian civilians

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DUBAI (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris on Saturday reiterated Israel’s right to defend itself against Hamas, but said international and humanitarian law must be respected, noting that too many Palestinians have been killed.

“Frankly, the scale of civilian suffering, and the images and videos coming from Gaza are devastating,” Harris told reporters. “So we all want this conflict to end as soon as possible, and to ensure Israel’s security and ensure security for the Palestinian people. We must accelerate efforts to build an enduring peace.”


(Reporting by Nandita Bose; writing by Lucia Mutikani; editing by Jonathan Oatis)