IIsrael intensified its offensive against Hamas militants in Gaza this Saturday, after the United States blocked an extraordinary UN offer to call for a ceasefire in the two-month war.
An Israeli attack on the southern Gaza town of Khan Younis killed six people, while five others died in a separate attack in Rafah, the Hamas-run Health Ministry said on Saturday, as cited by The Guardian.
It should be remembered that Hamas and the Palestinian Authority quickly condemned the US veto, as the Ministry of Health administered by Hamas updated the death toll in the Palestinian enclave, now accounting for a total of 17,487 Palestinians killed by Israeli attacks.
The number corresponds to an increase of 310 deaths, the overwhelming majority of them women and children, due to indiscriminate Israeli bombings in the Gaza Strip.
This is the second time since the start of the war in Gaza that the US has vetoed a resolution to the same effect – they did so on October 18 – thus aligning with Israel, which argues that a ceasefire of this type would help Hamas to rearming and holding the 138 hostages in the Gaza Strip captive.
On October 18, the US also alone vetoed a similar ceasefire resolution presented by Brazil, arguing that it did not mention Israel’s right to self-defense.
This latest vote was carried out at the request of the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, who this week resorted to an exceptional mechanism in the organization’s founding charter, Article 99, which gives him powers to request intervention from the Security Council in cases of serious threats to peace and security in the world.
See the images following the attack in Khan Younis.
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