According to aid workers, disease and starvation pose a threat to Gaza’s humanitarian system, which is on the verge of collapse.
The Palestinian Authority and Hamas, whose health ministry reported that Gaza had lost 17 490 people, mostly women and children, swiftly condemned Washington’s veto.
Six people were killed in an Israeli attack on Khan Yunis in the south, and five more perished in separate attacks in Rafah, according to the ministry.
It continued by saying that following persistent bombings, 71 people had died and 160 had been injured over the course of a 24-hour period at the Al-Aqsa hospital in Deir al-Balah city.
On Saturday, AFPTV broadcast live footage of repeated volleys of automatic weapon fire in Gaza’s north.
At a musical festival on October 7, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Palestinian organization, allegedly fired rockets on Saturday in the direction of Reim in southern Israel, killing 364 people.
Following its unprecedented attacks that day, when militants breached Gaza’s militarized border and killed about 1,200 people and took hostages, of which 138 are still held captive, Israel has vowed to eradicate Hamas.
According to the UN, about 80 % of Gaza’s population has been displaced, and there are reportedly severe food, fuel, water shortages.
” The tent is incredibly small, and it’s extremely cold. Mahmud Abu Rayan, who had been exiled from Beit Lahia in the north, said,” All I have are the clothes I wear.”
” Into the abyss”
By using a measure that has n’t been used in decades, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres sparked the unusual Security Council vote.
He argued that a ceasefire would be “impossible formeaningful humanitarian operations” due to the rapidly deteriorating current conditions, which could have irreparable effects on the peace and security of the area.
The Security Council resolution was vetoed by the US on Friday.
It was “divorced from reality,” according to US envoy Robert Wood, and “would leave Hamas there able to repeat what it did on October 7.”
The ceasefire, according to Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen, “would allow the Hamas terrorist organization to continue ruling the Gaza Strip and prevent the collapse of that organization, which is committing war crimes and crimes against humanity.”
The veto was swiftly condemned by humanitarian organizations.
While Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh referred to it as” a disgrace and another blank cheque given to the occupying state to massacre, destroy, and displace,” Hamas criticized it for “direct participation of the occupation in killing our people.”
Following the US veto, Iran, which supports Hamas, issued a warning on Saturday about the potential “uncontrollable explosion in the situation of the region.”
The people of Gaza are “looking into the abyss,” according to Guterres, with” a spiraling humanitariannightmare.”
Rafah, which is close to the Egyptian border, has been transformed into a sizable camp by many of the 1.9 million Gazans who were driven out by the war.
Situation described as “apocalyptic”
The executive board of the World Health Organization will meet on Sunday to discuss the health of Gaza. More than a dozen WHO member states expressed “grave concern about thecatastrophic humanitarian situation” prior to the meeting.
Israel was urged to defend Gazan aid workers in their draft resolution.
Al-Awda, one of Gaza’s only two hospitals that is only partially operational, “is surrounded by Israeli troops and tanks, and fighting is ongoing in its vicinity,” according to the UN.
Aid organizations emphasized how difficult it is for people to survive in Gaza’s overcrowding population due to the dire shortage of fuel and medical supplies, the lack of access to necessities like diapers, and the fact that people sleep on the streets.
” Maggots being picked from wounds and children undergoing amputations without anesthetic,” said Save the Children’s Alexandra Saieh.
According to Oxfam’s Bushra Khalidi, the situation “is not just a catastrophe; it is sapocalyptic.”
John Kirby, a spokesman for the US National Security Council, reiterated Washington’s requests for Israel to step up its efforts to protect civilians as the number of civilian deaths increased.
We all agree that more can be done to lessen casualties among civilians. And to that end, we’ll continue collaborating with our Israeli counterparts,” he said.
Israel receives military aid from Washington worth billions of dollars.
Israel claims that a failed attempt to free hostages resulted in the deaths of 93 of its soldiers in Gaza and the serious injuries of two more.
The army reported on Friday that the operation resulted in the deaths of “many” militants.
– Border attacks in Lebanon
Hamas released a video that purported to show the hostage’s body after earlier claiming that it had been killed during the operation.
Its authenticity could not be immediately verified by AFP.
Concerns about a potentially larger war were exacerbated by strikes in neighboring nations.
On Saturday, Israel’s army declared that it had fired overnight” toward the source of” ambiguous Lebanon-to-Israeli territory launches.
According to the military, fighter jets also hit targets of Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah movement.
According to the Syrian Observatory for HumanRights, an Israeli drone strike in south Syria on Friday resulted in the deaths of three Hezbollah fighters and a Syrian.
Without providing any additional information, Hezbollah reported that three of its fighters had been killed.
According to the US embassy, rocket salvos were fired at its compound on Friday in the fortified Green Zone of Baghdad, which also houses American troops who are a part of an anti-jihadist coalition.
Since the beginning of the Israel-Has war, dozens of similar strikes have been carried out by militias aligned with Iran, which Washington blamed.
The US embassy was the target of this first attempt. No reported injuries or damage occurred.