A U.S. vetoes a cease-fire plan and Israel continues to bomb Gaza

The US used its veto power against a draft resolution in the UN Security Council calling for an “immediate” ceasefire in Gaza, which coincided with a visit by US Ambassador Brett, as Israel continues to bomb the Strip, which faces a catastrophic humanitarian situation. McGurk went to Egypt and Israel in an attempt to reach a cease-fire agreement and the release of the hostages.

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Washington rejected an Algerian proposal calling for an immediate ceasefire on humanitarian grounds and the “unconditional” release of all hostages taken in the October 7 attack. The plan received the support of 13 members of the Security Council in exchange for Washington. Objection and British Abstention.

Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations, deemed the US veto of the call for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza “irresponsible and dangerous”. “The message sent today to Israel using its veto is that it can continue with impunity,” Mansour said.

Hamas, in turn, said, “This veto serves the agenda of the Israeli occupation, hinders international efforts to end the occupation, and increases the suffering of our people.”

Washington's ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, described putting the proposal to a vote as “wishful thinking and irresponsible…and puts sensitive negotiations at risk.”

Alternative plan

Amid growing pressure from President Joe Biden to reduce support for Israel, Washington presented an alternative draft resolution that urged “early support for a temporary ceasefire in Gaza” and expressed concern about Rafa.

A diplomatic source said the plan was unlikely to be accepted in its current form, prompting Russia to use its veto power.

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Defending the US veto, National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said White House coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa, Brett McCurg, would hold talks in Egypt on Wednesday and Israel on Thursday.

“I think most people around the world want to see these hostages in their homes with their families, and if we vote and approve this resolution, the chances of doing that will be greatly reduced,” he said.

McGurk and Haniyeh in Egypt

U.S. Ambassador Brett McCurg will discuss efforts to reach an accord on hostages and press for assurances from Israel over the attack on Rafah during his trip to the Middle East, the White House announced on Tuesday.

Kirby said McGurk would convey President Joe Biden's concerns about carrying out an operation in Rafah without protecting civilians, “under the current circumstances, without proper consideration for the safety and security of these refugees. We still believe that an operation in Rafah would be a disaster.”

Ismail Haniyeh, head of the Hamas political bureau, also arrived in Cairo to hold “discussions with Egyptian officials”.

Serial bombing

Meanwhile, sustained Israeli bombardment killed 103 Palestinians in less than 24 hours as fighting continued on the ground, according to the Health Ministry in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip.

The United Nations has repeatedly warned that the dire humanitarian situation and food shortages in Gaza could lead to an “explosion” in preventable child deaths.

Where is humanity?

After almost twenty weeks of war, reports from humanitarian organizations on the situation in the Gaza Strip are increasingly worrying. The UN said food and clean water had become “extremely scarce” in the besieged Palestinian territory, and almost all young children were suffering from infectious diseases. agencies said.

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The World Food Program announced on Tuesday that it had halted new aid deliveries to the northern Gaza Strip, two days after it had resumed.

“Where is the humanity? How many of us must die… to stop these crimes?” said Palestinian doctor Ahmed al-Mughrabi in Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip.

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