Blinken condemns Hamas attack in Jerusalem, praises pause in fighting to allow release of hostages

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Meeting with Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant in Tel Aviv, Secretary of State Antony Blinken condemned an attack by Hamas, in which two gunmen killed three people at a bus stop in Jerusalem. Blinken also welcomed a seventh day of a pause in fighting in Gaza that has allowed the release of hostages and humanitarian aid to enter the region.

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ANTONY BLINKEN: This day started off in a terrible and very negative way with another terrorist attack that took the lives of innocent Israelis in Jerusalem. A reminder of what Israel and what every Israeli citizen has to face every day. We condemn it. And we also mourn the loss of these innocent lives, as we mourn the loss of any innocent life.

At the same time, this was the seventh day of the humanitarian pause, the seventh day of hostages coming home to their loved ones. And I know that for Israel, for the United States, for a number of other countries around the world, who have their citizens being held hostage by Hamas, we want every hostage to come home.

And so we look to see if this can continue. Certainly that would be a good thing. It's also allowed much more humanitarian assistance to get in to the Gazans who need it. But it's going to be up to Hamas whether they will continue to do this.