Hamas says nearly 50 Israeli hostages killed since Israel strikes started
Hamas’s armed wing on Thursday stated that ‘almost 50’ Israeli hostages held by its operators within the Gaza Strip have been killed since Israel started bombarding the Palestinian territory. “(Ezzedine) Al-Qassam Brigades estimates that the number of Zionist prisoners who were killed in the Gaza Strip as a result of Zionist strikes and massacres has reached almost 50,” the group stated in a press release issued on its Telegram channel.
Late on Wednesday, Russia and China vetoed a US push for the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to behave on the Israel-Hamas battle by calling for pauses in preventing to permit humanitarian help entry, the safety of civilians and a cease to arming Hamas and different militants within the Gaza Strip.
The United States put ahead a draft decision on Saturday as international outcry grew over a worsening humanitarian disaster and mounting civilian dying toll in Gaza. It made the transfer simply days after it vetoed a humanitarian targeted draft from Brazil, arguing extra time was wanted for US-led diplomacy.
The preliminary US textual content shocked many diplomats with its bluntness in stating Israel has a proper to defend itself and demanding Iran cease exporting arms to militant teams. It didn’t embrace a name for humanitarian pauses for help entry. But it largely toned down the ultimate textual content that was put to the vote. “We did listen to all of you,” US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield informed the 15-member council after the double veto, which she described as disappointing. “Though today’s vote was a setback, we must not be deterred.” It was a uncommon transfer by the US to recommend Security Council motion. Washington has historically shielded its ally Israel on the world physique.
Ten members voted for the US textual content, whereas the United Arab Emirates voted no and Brazil and Mozambique abstained.
“The draft does not reflect the world’s strongest calls for a ceasefire, an end to the fighting, and it does not help resolve the issue,” China’s UN Ambassador Zhang Jun informed the council after the vote. “At this moment, ceasefire is not just a diplomatic term. It means the life and death of many civilians.” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has been interesting for a humanitarian ceasefire.
In the wake of the Security Council impasse, the 193-member UN General Assembly will vote on Friday on a draft decision
put ahead by Arab states that requires a ceasefire. No nation holds a veto within the General Assembly. Resolutions are non-binding, however carry political weight.
Russia’s UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia accuses the US of placing up a draft decision that represented Security Council authorisation of a floor offensive in Gaza by Israel “while thousands of Palestinian children will continue to die.” After the double veto, the Security Council then voted on a rival Russian-drafted textual content that referred to as for a humanitarian ceasefire and withdrawal of Israel’s order for civilians in Gaza to relocate south forward of a floor assault.
Russia didn’t the get minimal quantity of assist wanted, profitable solely 4 votes. A decision wants not less than 9 votes and no vetoes by the United States, France, Britain, Russia or China to be adopted. It was Russia’s second try at a decision. Only 5 council members voted in favour of a Russian textual content on October.
Malaysia’s communications regulator will situation a warning to social media companies TikTok and Meta for allegedly blocking pro-Palestinian content material on their platforms, its communications minister stated on Thursday.
Meta has since stated it was not intentionally suppressing voices on its Facebook platform after Communications Minister Fahmi Fadzil stated the social media platforms had been accused of limiting content material supporting the Palestinians.
Death toll At least 7,028 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli assaults on the Gaza Strip, whereas greater than 1,400 individuals have been killed in Israel since October 7.