12/2/2023, 10:49 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Pentagon chief urges Israel to prioritize protecting civilians in Gaza

United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on Saturday emphasized the importance of protecting civilians in Gaza, drawing parallels with his experience in fighting ISIS in Iraq.

Speaking at the Reagan National Defense Forum in California, Austin highlighted that, similar to the situation with Hamas, ISIS operated within urban areas. He stressed the need for safeguarding civilians in urban warfare, noting that victories in such conflicts hinge on protecting the civilian population.

"In this kind of a fight, the center of gravity is the civilian population. And if you drive them into the arms of the enemy, you replace a tactical victory with a strategic defeat," he stated.

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