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Live Updates: U.S. Vetoes U.N. Call for Immediate Gaza Cease-Fire, Citing Hamas Rule Continuation

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Gaza Conflict

The United States exercised its veto power against a United Nations resolution demanding an immediate cease-fire in Gaza. This decision follows Israeli forces detaining Palestinian men in northern Gaza for interrogation to locate Hamas militants.

This U.N. resolution was brought to vote after U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, invoking Article 99 of the U.N. Charter, highlighted the escalating humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Despite this, U.S. Deputy Ambassador Robert Wood opposed the resolution, arguing that a cease-fire would enable Hamas to maintain control over Gaza and lay groundwork for future conflicts.

The conflict has resulted in significant casualties: approximately 1,200 Israelis, predominantly civilians, perished in Hamas’ October 7 attack, initiating the war. In contrast, Gaza’s Health Ministry reports over 17,400 deaths and 46,000 injuries, with a significant proportion being women and children, although the ministry does not distinguish between civilians and combatants.

Current Developments:

  • The U.S. vetoed a U.N. resolution, supported by numerous countries, calling for an immediate cease-fire in Gaza.
  • Six Palestinians died in the latest West Bank raid by Israeli forces, as reported by health officials.
  • Palestinians in southern Gaza face the ongoing challenges of war.
  • In New York, a man fired a shotgun outside a synagogue, citing Middle Eastern conflicts.
  • Harvard’s president apologized amidst growing pressure on the president of Penn, both regarding comments on antisemitism.
  • More details can be found at AP’s Israel-Hamas war coverage.

Key Updates:

U.S. Denies Restricting Palestinian Official From Speaking to Media

The U.S. State Department refuted claims of barring a Palestinian official from speaking to the press in Washington. Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki, along with Arab and Turkish counterparts, visited Washington, advocating for the U.S. to support an immediate cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.

During a press conference, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan alleged U.S. visa restrictions on Malki, preventing him from responding to media inquiries. The State Department later clarified, stating no such restrictions were imposed.

Rocket Attack in Tel Aviv

A rocket launched from Gaza struck central Tel Aviv, damaging a parked car but causing no injuries. Israeli authorities are investigating the site. Hamas has launched numerous rockets into Israel during the two-month conflict, despite Israeli military operations in Gaza.

Failed Israeli Hostage Rescue in Gaza

The Israeli military reported serious injuries to two soldiers during an unsuccessful rescue mission for Israeli hostages in Gaza. The operation resulted in the deaths of several militants but failed to free any hostages. Hamas claims to hold about 137 hostages from the October 7 cross-border attack.

Israeli Drone Strike in Syria

An Israeli drone strike in southern Syria killed four individuals, including three Hezbollah members, according to Lebanese and Syrian pro-government media. Hezbollah has been actively involved in Syria’s conflict, aligning with government forces.

U.S. Opposition to Immediate Cease-Fire

The U.S. reiterated its stance against an immediate Gaza cease-fire at a U.N. Security Council meeting. Deputy Ambassador Wood emphasized that such a cease-fire would not lead to lasting peace and would keep Hamas in power.

E.U. Actions Against Hamas Leaders

The European Union sanctioned two senior Hamas officials in response to the October 7 attack on Israel, freezing their assets in Europe.

Israeli Military Discoveries in Gaza

The Israeli military reported finding weapons and a tunnel under Al-Azhar University in Gaza, along with a Hamas control room near a hospital in northern Gaza.

Israeli Detention Operations in Gaza

U.N. monitors reported Israeli forces detaining Palestinian males in northern Gaza, with Israeli spokesperson Eylon Levy indicating they were being interrogated for Hamas affiliations.

Poet Killed in Israeli Strike

Refaat Alareer, a renowned poet and professor in Gaza, was killed in an Israeli strike on Gaza City. Alareer was known for his protest poetry against Israel’s military actions.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Gaza Conflict

What is the main focus of this text?

The main focus of this text is the ongoing conflict in Gaza, with a particular emphasis on the U.S. veto of a U.N. cease-fire resolution.

What are the key developments mentioned in this text?

The key developments in this text include the U.S. veto of the U.N. resolution, a failed Israeli attempt to rescue hostages in Gaza, a drone strike in Syria, and various other updates related to the Gaza conflict.

Who invoked Article 99 of the U.N. Charter, and why?

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres invoked Article 99 of the U.N. Charter to raise concerns about the escalating humanitarian crisis in Gaza and to highlight the threat to international peace and security.

What was the U.S. Deputy Ambassador’s argument against a cease-fire in Gaza?

U.S. Deputy Ambassador Robert Wood argued that halting military action in Gaza would allow Hamas to continue ruling the territory and would only pave the way for future conflicts.

How many casualties are reported on both the Israeli and Gaza sides?

Approximately 1,200 casualties are reported on the Israeli side, mainly civilians, while Gaza’s Health Ministry reports over 17,400 deaths and 46,000 injuries, with a significant proportion being women and children.

What actions did the European Union take against Hamas leaders?

The European Union sanctioned two senior Hamas officials by freezing their assets in Europe in response to the October 7 attack on Israel.

What significant discoveries did the Israeli military make in Gaza?

The Israeli military reported finding weapons and a tunnel under Al-Azhar University in Gaza, as well as a Hamas control room near a hospital in northern Gaza.

How many hostages does Hamas claim to hold?

Hamas claims to hold approximately 137 hostages who were captured in the October 7 cross-border attack that triggered the conflict.

Who was Refaat Alareer, and what was his role?

Refaat Alareer was a locally celebrated poet, editor, and professor of English literature in Gaza. He was known for his protest poetry against Israel’s military campaigns and was killed in an Israeli strike on Gaza City.

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