Status: 09.12.2023, 09:03 a.m.
Palestinians search for bodies in a destroyed refugee camp in the center of the Gaza Strip. © Adel Hana/AP/dpa
In the Gaza war, aid organizations are sounding the alarm that the supply of civilians is on the verge of collapse - yet the United States, as Israel's ally, opposes a ceasefire. The overview.
Gaza/New York - Despite the devastating situation of civilians in the Gaza war, a draft resolution calling for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire has failed in the UN Security Council. 13 of the 15 members of the UN body voted in favor in New York, but the United States, as Israel's ally, vetoed the bill introduced by the United Arab Emirates. Britain abstained.
According to the World Food Programme (WFP), the supply of basic necessities to the Palestinian civilian population is now on the verge of collapse.
WFP: People are starving
"There is not enough food. People are starving," WFP Deputy Director Carl Skau wrote on X. His team has reached more than a million people, "but the situation is untenable. We need our aid and a humanitarian ceasefire," Skau said after visiting the Gaza Strip on Friday to see the catastrophic situation.
Israeli soldiers wounded in attempted hostage rescue
Meanwhile, two Israeli soldiers have been seriously wounded while trying to free hostages abducted by Hamas. During the operation in the Gaza Strip, numerous Hamas terrorists were killed, who are said to have been involved in the kidnapping of the hostages, said Israel's military spokesman Daniel Hagari on Friday evening. However, the soldiers did not succeed in freeing hostages. The wounded are being treated in hospital.
Guterres warns of collapse of humanitarian supplies
Meanwhile, as the Times of Israel reported, Israeli Defense Minister Joav Galant now sees signs that the Islamist Hamas is "beginning to break up." The reason to believe is that, according to the army, more Hamas members have surrendered. Israel, meanwhile, sharply criticized UN Secretary-General António Guterres for once again urging the UN Security Council to push for a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza.
The "limit of capacity" in the Gaza Strip has been reached, Guterres told the panel in New York on Friday. "There is a high risk that the humanitarian support system in Gaza will completely collapse, which would have devastating consequences." WFP Deputy Director Skau experienced just how dire the situation is in the coastal strip sealed off by Israel: With only a fraction of the necessary food reaching the coastal area sealed off by Israel, there is a lack of fuel and no one is safe, "we cannot do our job," the WFP said in a statement.
Thousands of desperate, starving people thronged the distribution points for humanitarian aid. There is confusion in the camps, the emergency shelters are overcrowded. The toilets are in an appropriate condition. In addition, every day in the background the dull thunder of the bombing raids, Skau described.
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U.S. continues to oppose ceasefire
But attempts in the Security Council for a ceasefire repeatedly fail due to resistance from the United States. The U.S. has always backed Israel, stating that such a resolution could jeopardize ongoing diplomatic efforts on the ground. According to the Times of Israel, Israel welcomed the fact that the US had vetoed the draft resolution on Friday.
The war was triggered by the worst massacre in Israel's history, which was carried out by terrorists from the Islamist Hamas and other extremist groups in Israel near the border with Gaza on October 7. On the Israeli side, more than 1200,850 people were killed, including at least 17 civilians. Nearly 490,<> people have now been killed in Israel's counterattacks, according to the latest figures from the Hamas-controlled health authority. The figure cannot be independently verified at this time.
The Gaza war is also overshadowing the presidential election in Egypt, which begins this Sunday. The country, which is struggling with a severe economic crisis, has strengthened security barriers on its border with the Gaza Strip. Egypt is concerned that large flows of refugees could enter the area through the Rafah crossing, through which aid supplies enter Gaza.
As the portal Axios reported, citing government officials in Israel and the US, Egypt has warned the US and Israel that the flight of Palestinian refugees to Sinai as a result of the Israeli military operation in southern Gaza could lead to a rupture in relations between Egypt and Israel. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is expected to be re-elected, previously warned that his country could become a new war front.
New shelling on Israel's border with Lebanon
Shelling continues on Israel's border with Lebanon. After new rocket attacks from Lebanon into Israeli territory, the army fired back at the locations from which the attacks were carried out, the Israeli military said.
During the night, Israeli fighter jets also attacked a number of targets of the Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah. The military spoke of "terrorist targets," including Hezbollah's command and control centers. Initially, there were no reports of possible victims on either side.
What will be important on Saturday
The humanitarian situation for civilians in Gaza is getting worse and worse. Nevertheless, Israel's army continues the fighting against Hamas. Dpa