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Kirby warns to expect more civilian casualties in Gaza as Israel targets Hamas: ‘This is war’

White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby warned that more civilian casualties in Gaza should be expected as Israel continues its campaign against Hamas.

Kirby made the observation during a Tuesday press briefing at the White House, saying the casualties are an unfortunate reality of war even as Israel strictly targets Hamas positions. Hamas-run authorities in Gaza say 5,087 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli strikes since Oct. 7, though it is unclear how many of those were members of Hamas.

“This is war. It is combat. It is bloody. It is ugly, and it’s going to be messy. And innocent civilians are going to be hurt going forward,” Kirby told reporters. “I wish I could tell you something different. I wish that that wasn’t going to happen, but it is going to happen.”

“That doesn’t make it right. It doesn’t make it dismissible. It doesn’t mean that we aren’t going to still express concerns about that and do everything we can to help the Israelis do everything they can to minimize it. But that is, unfortunately, the nature of conflict,” he added.

Hamas has so far released four hostages — two Americans and two Israelis — following negotiations with Qatari officials.

Fox News’ Chris Pandolfo contributed to this report.

Anders Hagstrom is a reporter with Fox News Digital covering national politics and major breaking news events. Send tips to Anders.Hagstrom@Fox.com, or on Twitter: @Hagstrom_Anders.

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