Pentagon Chief Tells Israel Counterpart Civilians Must Be Protected Before Any Rafah Operation

 – U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, in a phone call with Israel Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant, reinforced the “unquestionable necessity” of protecting civilians and ensuring the uninterrupted flow humanitarian aid before any potential military operation in Rafah, the Pentagon said on Thursday.

(Reporting by Costas Pitas and Dan Whitcomb)