In response to a question about the possibility of reaching an agreement on a truce in Gaza in exchange for the release of hostages by that date, Biden replied: “I hope so. We are still working a lot on this issue. We have not reached that yet.”

The US President added as he was leaving the White House for the weekend: “We will reach that, but we have not reached it yet, and we may not reach it.”

Earlier on Friday, Biden confirmed that the United States would begin participating in airdrops of humanitarian aid to the residents of Gaza, in light of the catastrophic conditions they are facing as the war waged by Israel continues.

The US President's statements come at a time when the United Nations and several countries called for a ceasefire in Gaza for humanitarian reasons, demanding an investigation after the Israeli army opened fire on Palestinian civilians and a stampede occurred during the distribution of aid on Thursday, which led to the killing of more than 110 people, according to Hamas. .