MSN - AP World http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a MSN - AP World Copyright © 2010-2018 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved. http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification Fri, 06 Aug 2021 00:38:53 +0000 WH: Other countries to help de-escalation efforts http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a/988afdbd89ff4fcfbff6dbedfa4ed07c The Biden administration says their short term goal amid the Israel Palestinian conflict is to work with other Middle East countries to de-escalate tensions. (May 13) 988afdbd89ff4fcfbff6dbedfa4ed07c Thu, 13 May 2021 19:26:55 +0000 SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY:US NETWORK POOLWashington DC - 13 May 20211. SOUNDBITE (English) Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary:"Well, I think, Steve, the reason we're, of course, talking in part to the Egyptians and others in the region is that they have significant influence over Hamas. And unfortunately, as we saw earlier this week, assurances from Hamas that they were prepared to stand down proved false as they later launched a rocket barrage. But they are important, you know, communicators with Hamas. They can play an important role here, and that's why we're communicating with them as well as the Israelis and the Palestinians."++SEPARATED BY WHITE FLASH++2. SOUNDBITE (English) Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary:"I think what our objective is in the short term, Phil, is that Egypt, Tunisia, other important countries in the region certainly can play a role in conveying to Hamas and leaders of Hamas the reasons for de-escalate to for de-escalation and how that could be beneficial. And that's a role they have played historically at moments in time. Obviously, every conflict is different, unfortunately, but certainly many of these countries and their leaders have played this role in the past. And we certainly will look to them and continue to look to them to play a role moving forward."++EDIT ENDS ON A SOUNDBITE++STORYLINE:The Biden administration says their short term goal amid the Israel Palestinian conflict is to work with other Middle East countries to de-escalate tensions.Many world leaders have condemned the violence and urged restraint, and a visit by Egyptian security officials was a significant development in international efforts to bring about a cease-fire; such efforts have been key to ending past rounds of fighting. The officials met first with Hamas leaders in Gaza before holding talks with the Israelis in Tel Aviv, two Egyptian intelligence officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the press. Still, both Israel and Hamas seemed determined to press ahead. This comes as Hamas sent a heavy barrage of rockets deep into Israel on Thursday as Israel pounded Gaza with more airstrikes and called up 9,000 more reservists. The relentless escalation of hostilities came even as Egyptian negotiators held in-person talks with the two sides, intensifying efforts at mediation.Previous fighting between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers, including a devastating 2014 war, was largely confined to the impoverished and blockaded Palestinian territory and Israeli communities on the frontier. But this round seems to be rippling farther and wider than at any time since the 2000 Palestinian intifada, or uprising. Gaza’s Health Ministry said the death toll has climbed to 87 Palestinians, including 18 children and eight women, with 530 people wounded. Islamic Jihad confirmed the deaths of seven militants, while Hamas has acknowledged 13 of its militants killed, including a senior commander. Israel says the number of militants dead is much higher.Seven people have been killed in Israel. Among them were a soldier killed by an anti-tank missile and a 6-year-old child hit in a rocket attack.===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory. The Biden administration says their short term goal amid the Israel Palestinian conflict is to work with other Middle East countries to de-escalate tensions. (May 13) WH: Other countries to help de-escalation efforts