Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Friday that his government opposed any temporary ceasefire in Gaza unless Hamas freed all the hostages it holds.
He also said that it would continue to block fuel from entering Gaza.
“Israel is objecting a temporary ceasefire which does not include freeing all our hostages,” Netanyahu said during televised remarks on Friday. “Israel does not allow fuel into the Gaza Strip and is objecting to funds being transferred into Gaza strip.”
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Tel Aviv on Friday said the US believes efforts to get humanitarian assistance in and hostages out “would be facilitated by humanitarian pauses.”
Blinken also said during the news conference that the US and Israel have "identified mechanisms" to get much-needed fuel to Gaza's hospitals.
The Israeli military on Friday said 241 hostages are believed to have been taken by Hamas on October 7.
The military also said Friday the death toll of Israeli soldiers fighting in Gaza is up to 25.
CNN’s Becky Anderson contributed reporting to this post.