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Biden Appears To Cite Hamas-Provided Gaza Casualty Figures After Saying He Has ‘No Confidence’ In Them

President Joe Biden on Sunday appeared to quote the number of casualties in the Gaza Strip provided by Hamas, even after claiming the figure was not reliable.

in his statement Commemorate During the holy month of Ramadan for Muslims, Biden claimed that more than 30,000 Palestinians have been killed in the crossfire of the ongoing Israeli-Hamas war in Gaza. Biden appears to be citing estimates from the Gaza Health Ministry, which itself provides misinformation about the war and is run by Hamas. according to Donate to the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. (Related: Biden administration edits Kamala Harris's 'immediate ceasefire' speech for extreme language before delivery: report)

“This sacred month is a time of reflection and renewal. This year comes at a moment of immense pain,” Biden said Sunday. “The war in Gaza has caused terrible suffering to the Palestinian people. More than 30,000 Palestinians have been killed, most of them civilians, including thousands of children.”

The Gaza Health Ministry announced in late February that more than 30,000 Palestinians had been killed since the Israeli-Hamas war began in October. The department claims it calculates the numbers using a combination of hospital data and public information, according to NPR.

Although the Palestinian Authority is technically the Gaza government, Hamas took over in 2007 and now controls virtually everything in the area, including the Ministry of Health, according to FDD. The Health Ministry has provided unreliable or completely inaccurate information on several occasions, including falsely claiming in October that Israeli airstrikes had blown up hospitals in Gaza.

Casualty figures provided by the Gaza Ministry of Health have been met with skepticism from the international community and have not been independently verified. The figures also do not distinguish between civilian and Hamas casualties, the FDD said.

Biden himself had previously claimed that he did not trust the casualty numbers provided.

“I have no idea that the Palestinians are telling the truth about how many people have been killed,” Biden said in a speech. remarks During October. “I think we need to be very careful. I don't mean 'we,' but Israelis should be very careful to focus on going after those who are spreading the war against Israel.” I think you should be careful. And if that doesn't happen, it's against their interests. ”

“But I don't have confidence in the numbers that the Palestinians are using,” Biden said.

Relations between Biden and the Israeli government and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have been strained over disagreements over how to proceed with the war. Although Hamas has not yet been completely defeated, Mr. Biden is pressuring Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to scale back military operations and end the war quickly.

The Biden administration announced last week that it would provide additional humanitarian aid to Gaza through the Mediterranean maritime corridor.U.S. troops are not stationed on the ground in Gaza, as aid supplies are generally floated on the coast, but the Pentagon is Admitted On Friday, there is a “credible risk” that Hamas could open fire on U.S. troops aboard a nearby naval ship conducting operations.

The White House did not respond to requests for comment.

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