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Explosion after an Israeli bombardment in Gaza.

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Israel maintains its offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, after the American veto of an unprecedented Security Council resolution UN Security Council calling for an “immediate humanitarian ceasefire.”

Hamas strongly condemned the American veto on Saturday, calling it an immoral and inhumane position and a direct participation in the massacres, according to Ezzat al-Rishq, a senior political official of the movement .

In the Gaza Strip, Israeli bombings left 17,487 dead, more than two-thirds of them women and those under 18, according to a latest report published Friday by the Hamas Ministry of Health.

In the southern town of Khan Younes, an Israeli strike killed six people, while five others died in a separate attack in Rafah, the ministry said. Hamas ministry on Saturday.

The war was sparked by the bloody attack on Israeli soil on October 7 by Hamas commandos infiltrated from Gaza, during which 1,200 people, mostly civilians, were killed according to Israeli authorities. and around 240 others taken hostage, 138 of whom remain captive.

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In response, Israel vowed to annihilate Hamas, in power since 2007 in the Gaza Strip and classified as a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union and Israel.

According to the UN, more than half of homes have been destroyed or damaged by war in the territory, where 1.9 million people, or 85 percent of the population, live , fled their homes.

It's so cold and the tent is so small. I only have the clothes I wear. I still don't know what the next step will be, breathes Mahmud Abu Rayan, displaced from Beit Lahia (north).

The US veto of the UN Security Council on Friday was quickly condemned by humanitarian organizations, with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) declaring that the UN Security Council's inaction makes it complicit in the massacre in the Gaza Strip.

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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres concludes his remarks at a meeting of the United Nations Security Council on invoking Article 99 of the United Nations Charter to address the humanitarian crisis amid the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh also castigated the failure of the Security Council to adopt a draft resolution aimed at ending the aggression against our people in the Gaza Strip due to the use by the United States of their right of veto, which he described as a shame and a new license given to the occupying state to massacre, destroy and displace.

According to him, the use of the veto shows the lie of the United States when it says it is concerned about civilian losses.

To #x27;UN, Deputy American Ambassador Robert Wood justified the American veto.

We do not support a resolution that calls for an unsustainable ceasefire that will simply plant the seeds of the next war, he said Friday, denouncing the moral failure of the absence in the text of condemnation of the Hamas attacks of October 7.

Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen, for his part, considered that the ceasefire The fire would prevent the collapse of the terrorist organization Hamas, which commits war crimes and crimes against humanity, and allow it to continue to rule the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli military said Friday it struck more than 450 targets in 24 hours in Gaza, showing footage of strikes carried out from warships in the Mediterranean.

The Hamas health ministry reported 40 deaths near Gaza City in the north and dozens more in Jabalia and Khan Younes in the south.

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People remove rubble near a mosque destroyed by Israeli strikes in the central Gaza Strip on December 8 2023.

After two months of conflict and bombing, UN chief Antonio Guterres said the people of Gaza are staring into the abyss.

People are desperate, scared and angry, he lamented on Friday, stressing that all this is taking place in a nightmarish humanitarian context.

Many of the 1.9 million Gazans displaced by the war have headed south, turning Rafah, along the closed border with Egypt, into a vast refugee camp.

As the number of deaths of medical and humanitarian personnel in the conflict rises, a draft resolution submitted to WHO by 17 member countries and the Palestine, with special status, demanded on Friday that Israel fully respect its protection obligations towards these workers in the Gaza Strip.

They called on Israel to respect and protect medical and humanitarian workers assigned exclusively to medical tasks, as well as hospitals and other medical facilities.

According to UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), only 14 of the 36 hospitals in the Gaza Strip were still functioning as best they could on Thursday.

Faced with the growing number of civilian casualties, White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters Friday that Washington believes Israel must do more to protect civilians in the conflict. .

We all recognize that more can be done to reduce civilian casualties. And we will continue to work with our Israeli counterparts to this end, he declared.

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Palestinians displaced by the Israeli ground offensive arrive in the Muwasi humanitarian zone on December 7.

The toll also rose in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, where Israeli forces shot dead six Palestinians on Friday, according to the Health Ministry of the territory.

Israel said Friday it had lost 91 soldiers in Gaza, saying two other soldiers were wounded in a failed attempt to free hostages overnight, adding that many terrorists had been killed during the operation.

Hamas claimed that one hostage was killed during the operation and released a video showing the body, which could not be independently verified.

Hamas rocket parts, launchers and other weapons, as well as a kilometer-long tunnel, were discovered at Al-Azhar University in Gaza City, said the army, which advised residents to move west.

An attack on the embassy salvos of rockets were launched against the mission in the area heavily secured capital of Baghdad, adding to dozens of recent rocket and drone strikes by pro-Iranian groups against U.S. or coalition forces in Iraq and Syria.

Elsewhere, three Hezbollah fighters and a Syrian were killed Friday in an Israeli drone strike on their car in southern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Defense said. human rights.

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