Israel strikes Gaza as US says it will veto additional UN cease-fire resolution

Israel launched attacks across Gaza on Saturday night, killing at least 18 people, as the United States announced it would veto an additional UN ceasefire resolution.

The Associated Press reported that an airstrike in Rafah killed six people overnight, including one woman and three children, and another airstrike in Khan Yunis killed five men. The Associated Press reported that another airstrike in Gaza City killed seven people in a family home, according to Saeed al-Afifi, a family member of the dead.

The airstrikes came after the United States said it would veto a resolution circulated by Algeria calling for an immediate ceasefire and unhindered humanitarian aid. According to the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry, at least 28,985 Palestinians have died in the war so far, the Associated Press reported.

In return, the United States aims to help broker a hostage deal between Israel and the militant group Hamas. U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said in a statement Saturday that the resolution: “You won’t be hired.”

“The United States will continue the diplomacy necessary to get the hostage deal across the finish line and be upfront with Israeli and regional leaders about our expectations for the protection of the more than 1 million civilians in Rafah.” ” said Thomas-Greenfield. He said.

“It is important that other parties give this process the best chance of success, rather than pushing through measures that jeopardize this process and the opportunity for a lasting resolution of hostilities,” she said. continued.

The United States, Qatar and Egypt are attempting to negotiate a temporary ceasefire and the release of the hostages. But the Associated Press reported that Qatar said on Saturday that negotiations were “not progressing as expected.”

The October 7 attack on Israel killed around 1,200 people and took another 250 hostages. Dozens of hostages were freed following a temporary cease-fire agreement last year, but many remain in Gaza.

Associated Press contributed

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