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U.S. rejects immediate ceasefire in Gaza - News

2023-12-08T20:57:17.992Z

Highlights: U.S. rejects immediate ceasefire in Gaza - News. UN: 'The Strip is collapsing' Soldier killed in Hamas video (ANSA). The U.S.: Ceasefire now "would only sow the seeds for the next war" According to Hamas' Ministry of Health (which does not distinguish between civilian casualties and militants), the death toll in the Gaza Strip has reached 17,487. Israel has denounced that the Islamist faction "is solely responsible" for what is happening, reiterating that only "the elimination of Hamas" can lead to peace.


UN: 'The Strip is collapsing'. Soldier killed in Hamas video (ANSA)


The U.S. rejects the proposal for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza at the UN Security Council. A truce that the UN deems necessary, given that the situation in the Strip is close to the "point of no return", with "civil order collapsing". Humanitarian aid, in the bottleneck of the Rafah crossing, is struggling to reach the Palestinian enclave. Thomas White, director of UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, said: "The streets are in chaos, especially after dark: some humanitarian convoys have been looted and UN vehicles have been stoned. Society is on the verge of total collapse."

While the battle rages on the ground, in the evening the Ezzedin al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, released a video showing the corpse of an Israeli soldier who died, according to Palestinian militants, following a failed raid to free him attempted this morning by Israeli forces. The footage, which lasts just under two minutes, shows the kidnapped soldier speaking in the camera, unharmed: "My name is Saar Baruch, I am 24 years old and I am from Kibbutz Beeri. I have been a hostage in Gaza since 7 October. I want to go home," he says. Then the images continue with what Hamas says are the consequences of the attempted raid: pools of blood on the floor and on the steps of some stairwells, along with shell casings and the disorder and destruction resulting from the firefight. The images unequivocally end with the corpse of the Israeli soldier.

Military spokesman Daniel Hagari, admitting that the operation ended without the release of any hostages, limited himself to saying that "numerous terrorists were killed" and two soldiers were not seriously injured, without obviously confirming the militiamen's version of the soldier killed. "Hamas is trying to resort to the weapon of psychological terrorism. We must refrain from spreading unfounded rumours," he urged.

At the UN, rejecting the draft resolution for an immediate ceasefire, US Ambassador to the UN Robert Wood explained that "the United States firmly supports a lasting peace" but a truce now "would only sow the seeds for the next war". "The brutality perpetrated by Hamas," said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, reiterating the proposal for a humanitarian truce, "can never justify the collective punishment of the Palestinian people."

According to Hamas' Ministry of Health (which does not distinguish between civilian casualties and militants), the death toll in the Gaza Strip has reached 17,487. But Israel has denounced that the Islamist faction "is solely responsible" for what is happening, reiterating that only "the elimination of Hamas" can lead to peace. In diplomatic pressure for a solution to the conflict, French President Emmanuel Macron heard Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu expressing to him "the need to protect civilians in Gaza" and stressing "the importance of achieving a lasting ceasefire". But another of the issues that seem to prevent a breakthrough is the future of the enclave once the war is over. Ramallah Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh evoked, during talks with the United States, the Palestinian National Authority's political control over the Strip, which could not exclude, albeit in a subordinate form, Hamas. "If they are willing to make an agreement and accept the PLO's political platform, it will be possible to talk about it," Shtayyeh said. A position again rejected by Netanyahu. In Gaza's future, the Israeli prime minister reaffirmed, "there will be no Hamas, we will eliminate it. The mere fact that it is proposed by the PA only reinforces my political vision: it is not the solution."

On the ground, the army (93 soldiers killed since the start of the ground operation) is continuing to press throughout the Strip. "I see signs," Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said, "that Hamas is beginning to give in." In Khan Yunis, the faction's stronghold in the south, the 7th Brigade "began operations to break through enemy lines, hitting dozens of Hamas positions and observation posts." In Jabalya, in the north, the battle also continues. As well as in Shuyaia, in the center, where in the area of the city - according to the military spokesman - a tunnel entrance was found in a classroom of the local school.


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