Vice President Harris Mourns Palestinian Deaths in Gaza Hostage Rescue

 June 10, 2024

Vice President Kamala Harris addressed the tragic loss of Palestinian lives resulting from a recent Israeli hostage rescue operation in Gaza.

Fox News reported that the operation freed four hostages but resulted in significant casualties, with conflicting reports on the number of deaths.

The Israeli operation in Gaza successfully rescued four hostages: Noa Argamani, Almog Meir Jan, Andrey Kozlov, and Shlomi Ziv. Conducted in the Nuseirat region of central Gaza, the mission led to substantial casualties.

Hamas-run authorities in Gaza claimed over 270 Palestinians were killed. Israeli forces, on the other hand, claim the number is fewer than 100. They argue that many of the Palestinians labeled as innocent by Gaza authorities were actually terrorists.

Conflicting Reports on Casualties Highlighted

Vice President Harris expressed her condolences for the Palestinian lives lost while celebrating the safe return of the hostages. Harris emphasized the need for a resolution that ensures the security of Israel and the rights of Palestinians to self-determination.

Hamas-run authorities in Gaza report that over 270 Palestinians were killed during the Israeli operation, but they do not differentiate between militants and civilians.

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan acknowledged the tragic loss of innocent lives during the operation but did not provide a specific death toll. Sullivan confirmed that innocent people were among the casualties, highlighting the difficulty in obtaining accurate casualty numbers amidst conflicting reports.

Israeli and Hamas Perspectives on Hostages

Israeli forces reported that Hamas had intentionally kept hostages in civilian environments, complicating the rescue efforts. Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari of the IDF noted that the hostages were held inside civilian buildings, a tactic aimed at increasing civilian casualties and complicating military operations.

The recent rescue operation took place against a backdrop of escalating tensions following a brutal attack by Hamas on October 7. During this attack, Hamas massacred 1,200 people and abducted 250 hostages. The rescue of the four hostages is seen as a significant, albeit costly, success.

Harris Calls for End to Conflict

Vice President Harris spoke at the Michigan Democratic Party, underscoring the urgency of ending the conflict. She stressed the importance of achieving security for Israel while ensuring dignity and freedom for Palestinians. Harris reiterated President Biden's call for the war to end, emphasizing the need for a sustainable resolution that addresses the root causes of the conflict.

An interfaith conference in New York City featured families of hostages taken on October 7, who pleaded for peace and the safe return of their loved ones. This event highlighted the human toll of the ongoing conflict and the urgent need for diplomatic efforts to secure the release of all hostages.


The Israeli hostage rescue operation in Gaza, which successfully freed four hostages, has resulted in significant casualties and conflicting reports on the number of those killed. Vice President Kamala Harris addressed the situation, mourning the loss of Palestinian lives while celebrating the hostages' release.

The operation underscores the complexities of rescue missions in densely populated areas and the broader humanitarian concerns. Political leaders and families of the hostages have called for an end to the conflict, emphasizing the need for security, peace, and self-determination for Palestinians. As the international community watches closely, efforts continue to find a resolution that addresses the root causes of the violence.

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