The US has criticized Israel for the significant civilian casualties in Gaza, highlighting the need for stronger civilian protection measures. Despite Israel’s defense strategy to neutralize Hamas, the US, represented by Antony Blinken, emphasizes the urgency to reconcile military actions with the safeguarding of civilian lives, amid growing humanitarian concerns. The surge in violence has prompted action beyond bilateral talks, with the United Arab Emirates requesting a U.N. Security Council vote on a draft resolution for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire.
UN SecretaryGeneral Antonio Guterres has urgently called for a ceasefire in the escalating Gaza conflict, with the UAE presenting a draft resolution to the Security Council in support of the appeal. The US opposes further action from the Council and instead advocates for intense diplomacy to secure hostage releases, increase humanitarian aid, and improve civilian protection measures.
Amidst escalating conflict in Gaza, Shifa Hospital is facing dire conditions with insufficient fuel supplies, putting newborns at risk. Israeli forces at the hospital’s entrance heighten tensions, as the facility struggles to function as a sanctuary for the wounded and displaced, with the death toll feared to rise if the situation does not improve.
The United States is urging all parties in the Gaza conflict to respect the neutrality of hospitals, condemning any military use of medical facilities. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan emphasized the importance of avoiding combat in hospitals and highlighted US efforts in evacuating American citizens from conflict zones.
The Gaza conflict has had a devastating impact on UN personnel, with over 100 casualties among the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). These individuals, who provided essential services in Gaza, are being mourned globally, highlighting the broader humanitarian crisis facing aid workers and civilians in the region.
Israel is considering “tactical little pauses” in the Gaza conflict for humanitarian aid and negotiations, but will not fully cease military operations. The international community has called for a ceasefire, with the United Nations SecretaryGeneral describing Gaza as a “graveyard for children,” while the United States supports Israel but emphasizes the need for civilian protection.