WASHINGTON: The United States sees the prospect of further attacks on its troops in the Middle East and the Israel-Hamas war escalating to the wider region, the top US diplomat and defense officials said on Sunday.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said that the United States did not want to see the conflict spread.

Blinken told NBC News actions by Iran and its proxies could spark an escalation and that the United States hoped for more hostages to be released by Palestinian group Hamas, which attacked Israel on October 7 and killed about 1,400 people.

At least 55 dead as Israel steps up Gaza strikes: Hamas

Israel has since retaliated with deadly air strikes on Gaza, a 45 km-long (25-mile) enclave home to 2.3 million people that has been ruled since 2006 by Hamas. Israel’s air strikes have killed over 4,700 people, Palestinian officials say.

“We’re concerned about potential escalation. In fact, what we’re seeing … is the prospect of a significant escalation of attacks on our troops and our people throughout the region,” Austin told ABC’s “This Week” program.

“If any group or any country is looking to widen this conflict and take advantage of this very unfortunate situation … our advice is: don’t,” he added.

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SAMIR SARDANA Oct 22, 2023 08:16pm
IT WELL KNOWN THAT MOSSAD SET UP HAMAS ! BUT THE REASON WAS TO BLOW PLO & PA,LONG TERM, & ESPECIALLY ARAFAT.ARAFAT WAS THE MAGICIAN. HAMAS WAS FORMED TO NEUTER ARAFAT AND NOT MAKE ARAFAT,A MARTYR OR A HERO ! ISRAEL WANTS HAMAS TO STRENGTHEN AS IT POSES NO THREAT TO ISRAEL ! HAMAS PROVIDES THE PRETEXT,FOR A PERPETUAL WAR,WITH PALESTINIANS,DEMONISE ISLAM,GET WESTERN AID,A PRETEXT TO SEIZE GAZA,AND A PROOF THAT ISRAEL NEEDS A BUFFER STATE,BETWEEN ITSELF & EGYPT, & THAT ISRAEL CANNOT HAVE,A PALESTINE NEIGHBOUR STATE. ISRAEL IS PLAYING A GAME,WITH NO RISK,& ISRAEL HAS ALREADY WON ! IDF & MOSSAD JAILS,ARE THE TRAINING GROUND,FOR HAMAS ! HANIYEH,YAHYA & DEIF - ALL HAVE BEEN IN MOSSAD JAILS,& MOSSAD RELEASES THEM,KNOWING THAT THEY WILL BECOME MORE ANTI- JEW,THAN THEIR PREDECESSORS ! THAT IS WHAT MOSSAD WANTS ! MAKING PALESTINIANS WALLOW IN HATE,IS EXACTLY WHAT ISRAEL WANTS ! THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL ARE SIMPLETONS & SACRIFICIAL LAMBS - AS ALWAYS IN THEIR HISTORY ! SAMIR SARDANA
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