February 20, 2024


TEL AVIV: The USA vowed Monday it could proceed to arm Israel in its marketing campaign towards Hamas, even because it referred to as for extra humanitarian support to Palestinians within the devastated Gaza Strip.

Preventing raged on within the third month of the bloodiest ever Gaza battle, with the Hamas-run well being ministry reporting one other 110 individuals killed in strikes on the Jabalia camp close to Gaza Metropolis.

The UN Safety Council in New York was set to vote on one other name for a ceasefire within the besieged territory, after earlier bids had been vetoed by Israel’s key ally the US.

However the vote was postponed till Tuesday as negotiations continued over the textual content of the doc, diplomatic sources on the United Nations informed AFP.

Visiting Israel, US Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin stated: “We should get extra humanitarian help in to the almost two million displaced individuals in Gaza and we should distribute that support higher.”



An Israeli military tank shells the Gaza Strip from the border space in southern Israel on December 14, 2023 amid ongoing battles with the Palestinian Hamas motion. (AFP)


He confirmed Washington was “Israel’s biggest pal” and would proceed to supply “crucial munitions, tactical automobiles and air protection methods.”

Austin added that his go to didn’t intention to “dictate timelines or phrases” for the battle.

Austin is touring the Center East as considerations develop over the battle’s unfold across the area, with Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen attacking worldwide transport within the Purple Sea in solidarity with Hamas.

The assaults have disrupted international commerce, driving up oil costs, with vitality large BP among the many newest main companies to cease utilizing the important route that results in the Suez Canal.

“Within the Purple Sea, we’re main a multinational maritime taskforce to uphold the bedrock precept of freedom of navigation,” Austin stated, warning Iran to cease supporting the Houthi assaults.

The battle in Gaza started when its Islamist rulers Hamas launched an unprecedented assault on October 7, killing round 1,140 individuals in Israel, principally civilians, and abducting 250, in line with an AFP tally primarily based on official Israeli figures.

Gaza’s well being ministry says Israel’s navy response has killed greater than 19,400 individuals, principally ladies and youngsters, whereas decreasing huge areas to rubble.


Worldwide alarm has mounted over the plight of two.4 million Gazans enduring every day bombardment, meals and water shortages and mass displacement.

Human Rights Watch charged that Israel “is utilizing hunger of civilians as a way of warfare.”

“Israeli forces are intentionally blocking the supply of water, meals and gas, whereas wilfully impeding humanitarian help, apparently razing agricultural areas,” the New York-based group stated.

An Israeli international ministry spokesman stated “Human Rights Watch… has no ethical foundation to speak about what’s happening in Gaza,” charging that the group had ignored “the struggling and the human rights of Israelis.”

The pinnacle of the UN company for Palestinian refugees, Philippe Lazzarini, earlier stated he “wouldn’t be stunned if individuals begin dying of starvation, or a mixture of starvation, illness, weak immunity.”

Israel has permitted support deliveries into Gaza by way of its Kerem Shalom crossing, except for the Rafah crossing with Egypt, and dozens of vans entered via Kerem Shalom on Monday, an AFP journalist stated.

State Division spokesman Matthew Miller informed reporters on Monday that business vans had entered Gaza, a primary because the battle started, becoming a member of UN-led deliveries.

It’s “a crucial step towards bettering the lives of the Palestinian individuals in Gaza,” Miller stated.

On the Rafah crossing, many households gathered within the hopes of lastly being allowed throughout to security.

“We’ve been right here for a couple of month,” stated Safa Fathi Hamad. “We’re going to die, meals may be very restricted and we now have no safety.”


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday once more vowed Israel would destroy Hamas, free the hostages and guarantee Gaza won’t ever once more turn into “a middle for terrorism.”

The military has reported 129 deaths in Gaza because it launched floor operations in late October.

Israel has accused Hamas of hiding amongst civilians and in tunnels beneath hospitals, colleges, mosques and different civilian infrastructure.

The military launched a report Sunday of a part of an enormous Hamas tunnel community, large enough to drive automobiles via, that includes rails, energy traces, drainage methods and a communications community.

A Hamas official in Lebanon downplayed the Israeli discovery, saying that the tunnel had already served its goal.

Israel has confronted mounting international stress to both sluggish, droop or cease hostilities.

That features households of the remaining 129 hostages believed held in Gaza, whose anger and concern intensified after Israeli forces mistakenly shot useless three hostages who had escaped their captors.

The trio waved white flags and used meals leftovers to jot down a Hebrew-language message on a white sheet earlier than they had been shot, studies stated.

Israelis protested Monday in central Tel Aviv, calling for swift motion to launch the remaining hostages.

Hamas’s navy wing launched footage it claimed confirmed three of the hostages. The video featured three bearded males sitting on chairs at an undisclosed location and asking to be launched.

Qatar, which helped mediate a week-long truce and hostage-prisoner trade final month, has stated there are “ongoing diplomatic efforts to resume the humanitarian pause.”

US information platform Axios on Monday reported that Mossad chief David Barnea, CIA director Invoice Burns and Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani met in Warsaw.

Because the battle rages on, particular concern has centered on hospitals, most of which not perform, and several other of which have been the scenes of main preventing.

The UN humanitarian company OCHA stated in an announcement: “As hostilities proceed and well being wants improve, it’s crucial that… hospitals throughout the Gaza Strip are urgently restored.”

World Well being Group chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated the UN company was “appalled by the efficient destruction” of northern Gaza’s Kamal Adwan hospital.

Outdoors the hospital, the muddy floor scarred by tank and bulldozer tracks, Abu Mohammed stood crying as he looked for his son.

“I don’t understand how I’ll discover him,” he stated, pointing to the particles.