Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Monday that “protecting Palestinian civilians in Gaza is both a moral duty and strategic imperative” — the latest U.S. official to publicly urge Israel to do more to mitigate civilian harm in its months-long war against Hamas. Global oil giant BP announced that it was pausing shipments through the Red Sea amid attacks by Yemen’s Houthi fighters who say they are acting in solidarity with Palestinians. Later Monday, Austin announced the formation of a multinational task force focused on security in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.