U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who is visiting the Middle East, emphasized that Israel's efforts to prevent civilian casualties in the Gaza Strip are insufficient, and that further action is required.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Jordan and Qatar in the Middle East on July 7 and held a press conference after meeting with government officials.

In his remarks, Secretary Blinken commented on the continuing increase in civilian casualties in the Gaza Strip, stating that "it is essential for Israel to do more to protect civilians," and reiterated his belief that Israel's efforts are insufficient.

In addition, Secretary Blinken said that "too many innocent Palestinians have been killed" and emphasized his intention to ask the Israeli side to take further action, saying that efforts to protect civilians will be one of the main topics of discussion in his subsequent meeting with government officials in Israel.

In the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army has stepped up its offensive, and recently more than 1 people have died every day, and the increase in casualties has not stopped.