Nearly 300 Palestinians killed in 24 hours, death toll rises to 18,000


Nearly 300 Palestinians killed in 24 hours, death toll rises to 18,000

Gaza Health Ministry spokesperson says around 18,000 Palestinians have been killed and 49,500 injured in Israeli attacks, including 300 deaths in the past 24 hours as Israel relentlessly bombs the enclave Palestinian.

There is “no safe place to go in the Gaza Strip,” the Palestinian Health Ministry said on Sunday, as Israeli airstrikes killed 300 people in 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 18,000. as well as 49,500 injured.

Heavy fighting raged overnight and into Sunday, focusing mainly on Khan Younis, as Israel continued its attacks after the United States blocked the latest international efforts to end the fighting and dispatched more of arms to his close ally.

Israel faces growing international outrage and calls for a ceasefire after the killing of thousands of Palestinian civilians and the displacement of nearly 85% of Gaza’s 2.3 million residents within the besieged territory, where UN agencies say there is no safe place to flee.

But the United States has once again provided vital support for the indiscriminate attack in recent days, vetoing efforts by the United Nations Security Council to end the fighting, which had broad international support , and pushing for an emergency sale of more than $100 million in tank ammunition. in Israel.

The continued Israeli assault on Gaza comes as UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he regretted the Security Council’s failure to demand a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.

Speaking at the Doha Forum in Qatar, Guterres said the council was “paralyzed by geostrategic divisions” that were undermining solutions to Israel’s war on Gaza.

“The authority and credibility of the body have been seriously undermined” by its delayed response to the conflict, he said two days after the US veto prevented a resolution calling for a ceasefire in Gaza .

“I reiterated my call for a humanitarian ceasefire,” he said at the forum.

“Unfortunately, the Security Council has failed to do this,” he added.

“I can promise, I won’t give up.” »

Guterres called an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council after two months of fighting that left more than 17,700 people dead in Gaza, most of them women and children, according to the Gaza health ministry. Palestinian enclave.

The secretary-general used the rarely used Article 99 of the United Nations Charter to draw the Council’s attention to “any matter which, in his opinion, may threaten the maintenance of international peace and security.”

The rule had not been invoked by a UN chief in decades and was triggered by the catastrophic humanitarian crisis gripping Gaza.

“We face a serious risk of collapse of the humanitarian system,” Guterres said at the Doha Forum.

“The situation is rapidly deteriorating and turning into a catastrophe with potentially irreversible implications for Palestinians as a whole and for peace and security in the region. »

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