G7 expected to call for temporary pauses

G7 foreign ministers including US Secretary of State Antony Blinken have been meeting in Tokyo today – where they’re hammering out a consensus line on Gaza.

The group will release a communique shortly – it is expected that it will call for temporary pauses in fighting to allow aid into the Strip but stop short of urging a ceasefire.

Israel’s leader Netanyahu has also rejected calls for a ceasefire which he says would allow Hamas to regroup – but has said he will consider “tactical little pauses”.

The joint statement from the group of wealthy nations – the US, the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the European Union- will be only the second from the group since the fighting began last month.


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