UN: Israel’s Rafah attack to cause ‘large scale’ casualties
GAZA: (Web Desk) The United Nations (UN) has said that “everything possible” must be done to avoid an Israeli attack on Rafah, a city in southern Gaza, which it said could lead to a “large scale” loss of life, reported Aljazeera on Tuesday.
Palestinian Health Ministry has said at least 107 Palestinians killed by Israeli attacks across Gaza in last 24 hours.
Meanwhile, the US senator for Vermont has said that Washington is complicit through its financial support of Israel.
“I will be damned if I’m going to give another nickel to the Netanyahu government in order to continue this war against the Palestinian people,” he said in a post on X.
Sanders, an independent who caucuses with Democrats, forced a vote in January on a resolution seeking to impose conditions on security assistance to Israel.
Senators overwhelmingly voted against the motion . It would have demanded that security aid to Israel be frozen unless the Department of State produces a report within 30 days examining whether Israel has committed human rights violations in its campaign in Gaza.
During his joint new conference with the Qatari prime minister, Blinken was asked by a reporter whether he was “too nice” to be US secretary of state.
Blinken is currently on his fifth trip to the region since the beginning of the Gaza war while Israeli captives remain in Gaza, and many have criticised the US and the secretary of state himself for not taking a tougher tone with Israeli officials, even as they have publicly contradicted US positions on the future of Palestine and on military action and humanitarian aid in Gaza.
“I’ll let others speak to my character, and all I can say is that most people that assume the position that I have the great privilege of assuming now, don’t get there by being nice all the time,” Blinken said.
The Palestinian group delivered a statement via Telegram.
“The Hamas movement recently delivered its response regarding the framework agreement to the brothers in Qatar and Egypt, after completing leadership consultations in the movement and with the resistance factions”, it reads.
The statement comes as the US secretary of state and Qatari prime minister broke the news during a joint news conference in Doha.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said that, while more work is needed to reach a truce between Hamas and Israel, the US believes a deal is “possible and, indeed, essential”. Here are a few of the key takeaways from Blinken’s remarks on Tuesday.
Blinken emphasizes Israeli integration into the region when discussing US post-war plans, continuing US efforts to promote normalisation deals that critics say sideline Palestinians and do little to address the political problems at the root of the conflict.
The secretary of state said that such integration must be coupled with a “practical, time-bound, irreversible” path towards a Palestinian state with “necessary security arrangements” for Israel.
Blinken contrasted the US vision that he said “would benefit virtually everyone” with acts by groups who he said are “actively working to sabotage every effort to the move towards lasting peace at security”, decrying actions by Iran-aligned group in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Jordan, Israel and Lebanon.
Blinken called statements that such groups are acting in solidarity with the Palestinians “absolutely wrong” and that such actions are “fundamentally about Iran’s quest for power” and that the US would continue to respond to attacks on its forces in the region.