Israel-Palestine Escalation
Israel was hit by an unprecedented rocket attack from the Gaza Strip on October 7, with Hamas movement's troops infiltrating border areas. On October 8, the Israeli government announced that it had invoked Article 40 of the Basic Law, which means the country was officially in a state of war.
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Live Updates: Palestinian Leader Accuses US of Complicity in War Crimes in Gaza After Veto in UNSC

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The world's attention remains focused on the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas, now in its third month, which has left more than a thousand Israelis dead and tens of thousands of Palestinians dead and injured.
Two Israeli soldiers were seriously wounded during an operation to rescue hostages held by Palestinian group Hamas, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said.
"Overnight, two IDF soldiers were severely injured during an operation to rescue hostages held by Hamas in the Gaza Strip. During the operation, numerous terrorists who took part in the abducting and holding of hostages were killed," the IDF said on Telegram.
It said no hostages had been rescued in that activity.
On October 7, the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas launched a surprise large-scale rocket attack on Israel from the Gaza Strip, breaching the border and killing and taking captives in nearby Israeli military sites and communities. The movement said its operation, Al-Aqsa Flood, was in response to Israeli provocations and occupation of Palestinian territories.
Israel launched retaliatory strikes and ordered a complete blockade of the Gaza Strip, home to more than 2 million people, cutting off supplies of water, food and fuel. On October 27, Israel launched a large-scale ground incursion into Gaza, ostensibly to eliminate Hamas fighters and rescue hostages.
Later, Qatar mediated a deal between Israel and Hamas on a temporary truce and the exchange of some of the prisoners and hostages, as well as the delivery of humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip. The truce was extended several times, but on Friday, the fighting was resumed.
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17:29 09.12.2023
US State Dept. OKs Possible Sale of Tank Cartridges to Israel Worth $106.5Mln
The US State Department has approved a potential sale of tank cartridges and related equipment worth $106.5 million to Israel, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said on Saturday.
"The Secretary of State has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Israel of 120mm M830A1 High Explosive Anti-Tank Multi-Purpose with Tracer (MPAT) tank cartridges and related equipment for an estimated cost of $106.5 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on December 8, 2023," DSCA said in a statement.
16:49 09.12.2023
Palestinian Leader Accuses US of Complicity in War Crimes in Gaza After Veto in UNSC
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Saturday that the United States made itself complicit in alleged war crimes committed by Israel in the Gaza Strip by vetoing a UN Security Council resolution that called for a humanitarian ceasefire in the region.
On Friday, the US vetoed a UAE-drafted resolution demanding "an immediate humanitarian ceasefire" and "immediate and unconditional release of all hostages, as well as ensuring humanitarian access."
"This US policy makes it complicit in the crimes of genocide, ethnic cleansing, and war crimes committed by the Israeli occupation forces against Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank, and Jerusalem," Abbas was quoted by Palestinian news agency WAFA as saying in a statement.
The Palestinian leader said Washington's stance violated humanitarian norms and principles and described the US's move as "aggressive and unethical."
13:54 09.12.2023
Russian, Egyptian Presidents Hold Phone Talks to Discuss Latest Events in Gaza
July 28, 2023. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi (right) before the plenary session of the II Russia-Africa Summit in St. Petersburg. - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 09.12.2023
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Russian, Egyptian Presidents Hold Phone Talks to Discuss Latest Events in Gaza
09:31 09.12.2023
Israel Plans to End Operations in Southern Gaza’s Khan Yunis in 3-4 Weeks – Reports
Military operations by the Israeli army in the southern Gaza Strip's largest city of Khan Yunis might end in three to four weeks, Axios reported, citing a senior Israeli defense official.
The operation in Khan Yunis has just started, an official told Axios on Friday, adding that the Israeli military believed that the leadership of Palestinian movement Hamas was located there. According to the the source, the high-intensity phase of the conflict between Israel and Hamas will last for three to four weeks.
According to the report, the United States does not give Israel a clear deadline for the end of the operation, but points out that time is limited and it is necessary to end the fighting as quickly as possible and with fewer civilian casualties. Washington prefers Israel finished the high intensity phase of the operation in the Gaza Strip by the end of December, and Israel aims at the end of January 2024, the report added.
08:25 09.12.2023
Palestinian UN Envoy Says UNSC's Failure to Pass Gaza Ceasefire Resolution ‘Disastrous’
Palestinian Ambassador to the United Nations Riyad Mansour said that it was “disastrous” that the United States vetoed a UN Security Council resolution calling for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza.
"This is a turning point in history, and it is beyond regrettable. It is disastrous that the Security Council was again prevented from rising to this moment to uphold its clear responsibilities in the face of this grave crisis, threatening human lives and threatening regional and international peace and security," Mansour said after the UN Security Council vote.
During the meeting earlier in the day, the members of the Security Council voted on a resolution calling for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire that was drafted by the United Arab Emirates. The United States vetoed the resolution, and the United Kingdom abstained while the remaining 13 members voted in favor of the document.
"This is a terrible day for the Security Council. We reject this result, and will continue resorting to every legitimate avenue to stop these abhorrent atrocities, including resuming the emergency session of the General Assembly," Mansour said.
08:24 09.12.2023
Russia’s Deputy UN Envoy Says US Issued Death Sentence to Thousands of Civilians in Gaza
By blocking the UN Security Council draft resolution on a ceasefire in Gaza, the United States signed a death sentence for thousands of residents of the besieged Palestinian enclave, UN Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Dmitry Polyansky said during a UNSC meeting on the situation in Gaza.

"It would be no exaggeration to say that today will become one of the darkest days in the history of the Middle East. Once again cynically blocking a call for a ceasefire in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict zone, our colleagues from the USA have literally before our eyes issued a death sentence to thousands if not tens of thousands more civilians in Palestine and Israel, including women and children and also UN staff who are trying to help them," Polyansky said.

08:22 09.12.2023
UNSC Call For Unconditional Ceasefire in Gaza 'Unrealistic, Dangerous': US Deputy Envoy
The UAE-drafted United Nations Security Council resolution calling for an unconditional ceasefire in Israel and Gaza is unrealistic and dangerous, Deputy US Ambassador to the UN Robert Wood said after his country vetoed the measure.
"Perhaps most unrealistically, this resolution retains a call for an unconditional ceasefire," Wood told the Security Council on Friday. "I explained in my remarks this morning why this is not only unrealistic but dangerous, it would simply leave Hamas in place able to regroup and repeat what it did on October 7."
08:21 09.12.2023
UAE Envoy Says Disappointed Over Vetoed UNSC Resolution on Gaza
The United Arab Emirates is disappointed over a US-casted veto again its resolution on Gaza and will continue its work in Council to end violence in Gaza, the UAE Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations Mohamed Issa Abushahab said.
"The disappointing outcome of this vote will not deter us from continuing to implore council members to act and bring the violence in Gaza to an end," Abushahab told the Security Council members at a meeting on Palestine.
08:21 09.12.2023
US Reportedly in Talks With Gulf Allies on Possible Military Action Against Yemen’s Houthis
The United States has been having preliminary discussions with its Persian Gulf allies about a possible military operation against Yemen’s Houthis amid a growing number of attacks on ships in the Red Sea, the US media reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
While the United States takes the danger posed by the Houthis very seriously, Washington and its partners are still in favor of diplomacy over direct military action, the report said.
US Principal Deputy National Security Advisor Jon Finer said on Thursday that the United States does not rule out taking military action against the Houthi rebels in Yemen following recent attacks against commercial ships in the Middle East.
08:19 09.12.2023
UNSC Representatives to Visit Rafah Checkpoint on Gaza Border Monday: Source Tells Sputnik
Palestinians displaced by the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip set up a tent camp in Rafah - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 09.12.2023
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UNSC Representatives to Visit Rafah Checkpoint on Gaza Border Monday: Source to Sputnik
08:10 09.12.2023
US Hopes Kerem Shalom Crossing Into Gaza Will Open Very, Very Soon, White House Says
The United States is hopeful that the Kerem Shalom crossing into Gaza will open very soon, White House Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby said.
"We hope [the Kerem Shalom crossing] will open up very, very soon," Kirby said during a press briefing.
08:09 09.12.2023
Israeli Military Death Toll Since Start of Ground Incursion in Gaza Reportedly Reaches 93
Two more Israeli soldiers have died in the Gaza Strip, which took the total Israeli military death toll since the start of the land operation against Palestinian movement Hamas to 93, the Israeli newspaper reported on Friday, citing the Israel Defense Forces.
08:08 09.12.2023
Death Toll in Gaza Strip From Israeli Strikes Surpasses 17,400: Health Ministry
The death toll from the Israeli bombing of the Gaza Strip has increased to 17,487 people since October 7, with 46,480 having been injured, Palestinian Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf Qudra said on Friday.
"The number of Gaza Strip residents killed by Israeli strikes since the beginning of the aggression has risen to 17,487, while the number of those wounded has reached 46,480," Qudra said on Telegram.