-Strikes and tanks in Rafah -Algeria prepares a resolution at the UN against the “massacre” in Rafah -Demonstration in Paris -Washington maintains its support for Israel

-Strikes and tanks in Rafah -Algeria prepares a resolution at the UN against the “massacre” in Rafah -Demonstration in Paris -Washington maintains its support for Israel
-Strikes and tanks in Rafah -Algeria prepares a resolution at the UN against the “massacre” in Rafah -Demonstration in Paris -Washington maintains its support for Israel

Bombings in Rafah, draft resolution at the UN

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The Israeli army bombs Rafah on Wednesday, a large town in the south of the Gaza Strip where it has deployed its tanks, while at the UN a draft resolution is being prepared to try to “stop” the violence there after a bombing which sparked a worldwide wave of indignation.

In the early hours of Wednesday, an AFP team reported strikes on Rafah and witnesses saw Israeli tanks in different sectors of this city, which has become the new focus of the war between Israel and Hamas. “People are staying in their homes for the moment because anyone who moves is targeted by Israeli drone fire,” Rafah resident Abdel Khatib told AFP.

The Civil Defense of the Gaza Strip announced Tuesday the death of 21 people in an Israeli strike on a camp for displaced people in the south of the Palestinian territory, two days after a similar bombardment in Rafah which provoked international outrage.

And after almost eight months of a devastating war, the UN Security Council met behind closed doors, at the request of Algeria, to discuss the Israeli bombing on Sunday of a displaced persons camp in Rafah which had left 45 dead and 249 injured according to the Hamas administration’s Ministry of Health.

“Stop the massacre”

The Palestinian Civil Defense had reported numerous “charred” bodies in the fire which ravaged the camp and which led to a second consecutive demonstration in Paris on Tuesday evening for the end of strikes in Rafah. The Israeli army, which said it had launched an internal investigation, said Tuesday that its munitions used in Sunday’s strike could not have “alone” caused the fire.

Algeria is now preparing a draft resolution to the UN Security Council concerning Rafah, its ambassador, Amar Bendjama, announced Tuesday after an emergency meeting of the Council. “It will be a short text, a clear text, to stop the massacre in Rafah,” he told the press as the Council is due to meet on Wednesday for its monthly meeting on the situation in the Palestinian Territories.

“We hope that it can be done as quickly as possible because lives are at stake,” commented Chinese Ambassador Fu Cong, hoping for a vote this week on the resolution that Algeria is preparing. “It is high time for this Council to act and adopt a new resolution,” French Ambassador Nicolas de Rivière had argued for his part before the start of the meeting, also putting forward a “question of life and death.”

The United States “does not turn a blind eye”

The United States “does not turn a blind eye” to the victims in Rafah but maintains its support for Israel, assured Tuesday a spokesperson for the White House, John Kirby, while the press questions the “line red” from Washington in this conflict.

President Joe Biden has reiterated in recent weeks his opposition to a large-scale ground offensive in Rafah, a city that around a million people have already fled, according to the UN, since the start of the ground operation. Israeli army three weeks ago. However, the White House still does not see a “major ground operation” against Rafah, John Kirby said on Tuesday. Therefore, there is “no change in US policy” of support for Israel, he added.

Meanwhile, Spain, Norway and Ireland officially recognized the State of Palestine on Tuesday, provoking the fury of Israel which sees it as a “reward” to Hamas for its October 7 attack.

That day, commandos of the Palestinian Islamist movement infiltrated from the Gaza Strip attacked southern Israel, leading to the death of more than 1,189 people, mostly civilians, according to a new count carried out Tuesday by AFP from of the latest official figures available. Of the 252 people taken as hostages, 121 are still detained in Gaza, of whom 37 have died according to the Israeli army.

Talks

In retaliation, Israel promised to annihilate Hamas and launched an offensive which left at least 36,096 dead, mostly civilians, according to data from the Health Ministry of the Hamas administration, in power in Gaza since 2007.

Islamic Jihad, the second armed Islamist movement in Gaza and an ally of Hamas, released a video on Tuesday of a hostage, identified by Israeli media as Sacha Trupanov, a 28-year-old Israeli-Russian. This video “is further proof that the Israeli government must give a clear mandate to the negotiating team, which can lead to an agreement for the return of all the hostages,” argued the Forum of Families of Hostages in Israel.

Qatar, the United States and Egypt have been engaged for months in talks aimed at obtaining a lasting truce in Gaza, accompanied by the release of the hostages. A media outlet close to Egyptian intelligence services indicated on Tuesday that Egypt is “intensifying efforts” with a view to resuming these talks also aimed at increasing humanitarian aid to Gaza.

The Israeli offensive on Rafah, which according to the army aims to eliminate the last Hamas battalions there, has led to the closure of the border crossing with Egypt, vital for the delivery of humanitarian aid. As a result, “all medical evacuations have suddenly stopped,” the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.

And aid delivery via the U.S.-built temporary pier was suspended after it was damaged by weather conditions, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.

Mohammed Khader, a Palestinian, left Rafah on Tuesday to arrive in Deir al-Barah (center) dragging his belongings on a cart with soft tires: “we are displaced like the rest of the population, after having survived the bombings and the tanks. What should we do now?

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