April 21, 2024

Israel bombards Gaza, US vetoes UN ceasefire resolution

UN Photo/Manuel Elías Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield of the United States votes against the draft resolution in the UN Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question.

UN Photo/Manuel Elías Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield of the United States votes against the draft resolution in the UN Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question.

Israel continues its offensive in Gaza, with the United States blocking a UN Security Council resolution urging a ceasefire. Attempts to mediate and resolve the escalating crisis have proven unsuccessful. The situation worsens in Gaza as the UN’s food agency halts deliveries to the northern part due to violence, prompting concerns from Hamas about the dire consequences for the people.

Israeli airstrikes continues, causing more casualties in Gaza. The city of Rafah faces heavy fire and is at risk of an Israeli ground invasion. Global leaders express concern over the potential devastating impact on civilians.

Gaza has been grappling with a severe food crisis since the conflict’s onset. The UN consistently expresses worries about the humanitarian situation, warning that food shortages could lead to preventable child deaths. The ongoing fighting causes extensive destruction and displacement, leaving 2.2 million people on the brink of famine, with three-quarters of the population displaced.

Residents, like Ahmad from Gaza City, voice desperation amid the lack of essentials, demanding a ceasefire for the sake of survival. Despite global pressure, the US vetoes a UN resolution calling for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire and hostage release. The justification cites potential risks to negotiations for hostages’ release in Gaza, drawing criticism from various countries.

Negotiation efforts, including a deal facilitated by Qatar and France for medicines in exchange for hostages, fall short of achieving a comprehensive truce. Israel asserts the necessity of a ground operation in Rafah to combat Hamas, maintaining a challenging situation in the region.

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