Blinken spoke with Egypt’s Shoukry about Gaza humanitarian aid -State Dept

(Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry about efforts to increase humanitarian aid to Palestinians in urgent need, the State Department said on Thursday.

Blinken reaffirmed the importance of concrete steps to minimize harm to Palestinian civilians in all of Gaza and reaffirmed Washington’s rejection of the forced displacement of Palestinians, the department said in a statement.

(Reporting by Costas Pitas, writing by David Ljunggren, editing by Chris Reese)