White House says Hamas is refusing to release women hostages - and urges Israel to protect civilians in Gaza after the ceasefire collapsed

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  • Israeli forces said they struck 200 'terror' targets Monday
  • Fighting resumed aft nan merchandise of much than 100 hostages
  • Israel not prepared to 'close nan book' connected women 

By Geoff Earle, Deputy U.S. Political Editor For Dailymail.com

Published: 19:06 EST, 4 December 2023 | Updated: 03:01 EST, 5 December 2023

The White House said Monday it was 'gravely concerned' astir nan women civilian hostages who stay captive wrong Gaza, arsenic Israel Defense Forces and Hamas proceed to speech fire. 

White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan emphasized nan plight of civilian women seized during nan Hamas October 7 raid. There are besides Israeli subject women being held captive. 

He was asked during nan White House briefing astir Hamas' unwillingness to merchandise nan equilibrium of civilian women being held successful Gaza, pursuing nan breakdown of a seven-day cease occurrence that led to nan merchandise of much than 100 hostages, retired of a full of astir 240 seized during nan assault.

'I'm not going to estimate connected that, only to opportunity that they haven't done it, and we're gravely concerned astir that. But I’m not going to estimate arsenic to their reasoning,' Sullivan told reporters.

White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said nan management was 'gravely concerned' astir nan plight of female hostages still held wrong Gaza

His comments pursuing caller reporting from eyewitnesses astir nan rape of Israeli men and women during nan Oct. 7 raid. 

Israel has expanded its crushed operations successful Gaza, and Israeli forces opportunity they struck 200 'terror' targets successful nan latest barrage, moreover arsenic U.S. officials including Vice President Kamala Harris person issued cautions astir nan consequence to Palestinian civilians. 

Administraiton officials proceed to effort to get accusation astir nan position of 9 American hostages still held successful Gaza. 

'Look, nan basal bottommost statement erstwhile it comes to wherever we are successful nan hostage negotiations, is that nan first shape of nan hostage speech was astir nan merchandise of women and children,' said Sullivan, who has been progressive nan strategy.

'Hamas continues to clasp women and civilian women and will not merchandise them. And Israel is not prepared to adjacent nan book connected those women aliases to springiness them up, truthful Israel is insisting that Hamas travel done connected nan merchandise of those women,' he said.

SEI*182767099 Released Israeli hostages siblings Maya and Itay Regev (R) get to their family location successful nan metropolis of Herzliya adjacent Tel Aviv, connected December 4, 2023, aft spending a fewer days successful infirmary pursuing their merchandise from captivity by Hamas successful nan Gaza Strip. The White House said nan refusal by Hamas to merchandise much caused an extremity to nan humanitarian pause 

Israel continued to lb targets successful Gaza aft nan extremity of nan pause

'And past Israel has said if Hamas is prepared to travel done connected that, Israel is perfectly prepared to talk further categories of hostages, civilian men, nan wounded and yet each of nan hostages, nan thought of soldiers being held.'

Sullivan was loathe to get into points of leverage that mightiness move nan process along.

'The easiest, astir straightforward measurement to get backmost to it would beryllium for Hamas, to beryllium held accountable for not pursuing done connected it. But past we besides person to deliberation astir really we get each of our American hostages. retired and we are giving thought to that arsenic well. And, you know, handicapping forms of leverage aliases precise strategies for really we spell astir that is thing I will refrain from doing I would conscionable opportunity that we are reasoning through, some successful performance pinch Israel and past conscionable arsenic a state pinch our ain citizens. being held, what devices we person astatine our disposal to beryllium capable to get them on.'

Sullivan said it was nan 'refusal by Hamas' that 'caused nan extremity of nan hostage agreement, and truthful nan extremity of nan region successful hostilities. 

Israeli officials said nan region collapsed down aft Hamas refused to produce a database of different 10 female hostages for release, according to nan Times of Israel.

Sullivan besides talked astir protecting 'safe areas,' arsenic Israeli forces told Gaza residents wherever to spell amid a flurry of attacks.

'They person besides indicated that location are areas wherever location will beryllium "no-strike" zones, and successful those zones, we do expect Israel to travel done connected not striking,' he said, successful a be aware to nan U.S. ally.