US Vice President Joe Biden has apologised to some prominent Muslim-American leaders for publicly questioning the Palestinian death toll reported by the Hamas-controlled Gaza Ministry of Health.
According to the New York Post, Biden attended a meeting of five Muslim American leaders the day after his remarks about reported Gaza deaths roiled the Islamic community on October 25, vowing to “do better.”
In the meeting, which was supposed to last 30 minutes but ended up lasting more than an hour, Biden heard the leaders describe people they knew who had been personally affected by the conflict and told the group, “I’m sorry. “I’m dissatisfied with myself.”
Prior to the press conference, President Trump openly questioned the accuracy of the casualty figures from Gaza, citing Hamas’ track record of terror.
He was smeared with criticism at home for his efforts to put pressure on Israel to reduce civilian casualties.
“I have no doubt that the Palestinians are telling the truth about the number of people killed.” “I’m sure innocent people have been killed as a result of the war,” he added.
According to data from the Hamas-controlled Ministry of Health, the conflict has killed over 14,000 Palestinians in Gaza, including many women and children.
More than 1,200 Israelis have been killed, the majority of whom were civilians, when the terror group launched a massive attack on Israel on October 7.
Muslim-American leaders who met with Biden urged him to show more compassion for Palestinians.