The US has held “active conversations” with Israel about a humanitarian pause to allow for the release of hostages in Gaza, the White House said.
“We absolutely believe that that if a pause can be effected to allow for the…release of hostages, then that is something we absolutely would support and we believe Israel should support it,” National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters.
“We’ve been having active conversations with them about that,” Kirby said.
He said the US would “continue to press with our partners in the region” to see the hostages released.
“If that requires a localized, temporary pause to do it, then we are absolutely supportive of that. We’re in support of whatever effort can be made to get them home safely to their families,” Kirby said.
The White House said it will still continue its work Friday to secure the release of hostages even after the Israel Defense Forces' announcement of "expanding ground operations" in the Gaza Strip.
“We are working as hard today as we were yesterday and the day before and the day before to get these hostages home,” Kirby told CNN’s Priscilla Alvarez. “And we will do what it takes working with our partners for that outcome.”
What Israel is saying: IDF spokesperson Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari told reporters Friday to disregard rumors about a possible deal to release the hostages being held in Gaza.
The official said IDF "will reach and present any credible information" on hostages to the families first when it’s confirmed, and then they will notify the public.
"Until then, don’t surrender to Hamas’ manipulations of psychological terror,” Hagari said.
CNN's Kyle Blaine contributed reporting to this post.