Military destroys Palestinian home suspected of killing two Israelis

Israeli minister slams US for calling for mass exodus of Gazans

Israel's Minister of National Security Itamar Ben Gvir has hit back at his ally the United States over criticism of its push to deport Gazans from the Palestinian territories.

“The United States is our best friend, but first and foremost we will do what is best for the state of Israel. The migration of hundreds of thousands of people from Gaza will lead to the return of (Israel's) residents outside of Gaza. They will be able to go back and live 'guarantee security and protect IDF (Israeli) soldiers,' the far-right minister posted on X late Tuesday.

His post came after the US State Department criticized his calls for population relocation as “inflammatory and irresponsible.”

The US government called on both Ben Gvir and Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich to urge Israeli settlers to return to Gaza and evict the area's Palestinian population.

“Gaza is and will remain Palestinian land,” the State Department said.

It is a war crime to displace civilians or create uninhabitable conditions during a conflict.

The majority of the Gaza Strip's 2.4 million residents have been forced from their homes by nearly three months of fighting between Hamas militants and Israel.

The health ministry in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip has said at least 22,185 people have been killed in the war, most of them civilians, while relentless attacks have left much of the territory in ruins.

The fighting broke out after an Oct. 7 Hamas attack that killed about 1,140 people, most of them civilians, according to an AFP tally based on official Israeli statistics.


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