8 Jan 2024

Blinken visits Middle East as Israel-Gaza tensions rise

From Morning Report, 8:17 am on 8 January 2024

The United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, says it's imperative Israel does more to prevent civilian casualties in Gaza, and will raise the issue when he meets with Israeli officials this week.

Mr Blinken has been meeting with leaders in the region, and has spoken to media from Doha within the past couple of hours.

He says he will continue to work to free hostages in the region, and increase aid into the region.

CNN's Jeremy Diamond is following events from Tel Aviv and spoke to Charlotte Cook.