A senior State Department official acknowledged Monday that the Biden administration could not guarantee that humanitarian aid meant to support Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip would not be used to restock Hamas’ military stockpiles.
The official made the admission during a call ahead of Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s upcoming trip to the Middle East. Blinken is expected to push Israel, Hamas and other regional powers to ensure that a recently brokered cease-fire remains in place.
“We’re going to be working in partnership with the United Nations and the Palestinian Authority to kind of channel aid there in a manner that does its best to go to the people of Gaza,” the official said, according to a transcript. “I’m also sure that the government of Egypt will have some role i
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