US Veto: After US vetoes UN truce push, Israel hits north & south Gaza

GAZA STRIP: Israel is pounding the north and the south of the Gaza Strip with airstrikes and artillery on Saturday, a day after the United States vetoed a UN resolution demanding an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza.
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for the first time invoked Article 99 of the UN Charter, which enables a UN chief to highlight threats he sees to international peace.He warned of a “humanitarian catastrophe” in Gaza. But US deputy ambassador Robert Wood said on Friday that halting military action would allowHamas to continue to rule Gaza and “only plant the seeds for the next war.”
An Israeli man who was taken hostage by Hamas militants has died in captivity, his community announced Saturday. His captors said Sahar Baruch was killed during a failed rescue mission by Israeli forces early Friday. The Israeli military has only confirmed that two soldiers were seriously wounded in an attempted hostage rescue and that no hostages were freed.
Baruch, 25, was among about 240 people taken hostage during Hamas’ Oct 7 attack on southern Israel, in which militants from Gaza also killed about 1,200 people. Baruch’s brother was killed in the attack on their community, Kibbutz Be’eri. More than 130 hostages remain in captivity.
The health ministry in Hamas-run Gaza said the death toll in the territory has surpassed 17,400 over the past two months, with more than 46,000 wounded. Two hospitals in central and southern Gaza received the bodies of 133 people killed in Israeli bombings over the past 24 hours. Seventy-one bodies were brought to the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Hospital in Deir al-Balah. In the southern city of Khan Younis, Nasser Hospital received the bodies of 62 people, the ministry said.
In West Bank, Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian man on Saturday and a second Palestinian man died from wounds he sustained in an Israeli raid the day before. The deaths brought to 274 the number of Palestinians killed in the occupied territory since the start of the war two months ago. Most of the Palestinians were killed during shootouts that the Israeli military says began during operations to arrest suspected militant


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