U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said the United States is actively working to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
“We are actively working behind the scenes to try to resolve this conflict,” he said Monday, May 17, at a news conference following a meeting with Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen in Copenhagen. It was broadcast by C-span television channel.
At the same time, Blinken stressed that Israel has the right to defend itself, but it needs to do everything necessary to avoid civilian casualties.
According to the secretary of state, the United States is ready to provide the necessary support for a cease-fire if the parties want it.
Earlier, on May 16, it was reported that Blinken discussed the Palestinian-Israeli conflict with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan.
The secretary of state pointed out that Palestinian and Israeli citizens deserve equal measures of freedom and security.
Rockets continue to be fired between Israel and the Gaza Strip. As of May 16, 10 people have been killed in Israel since the escalation began on the border with the Gaza Strip, with hundreds of citizens injured and about 50 seriously wounded. The enclave announced that over 200 Palestinians had been killed and over 1,200 injured.