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Israel Declines Ceasefire Appeals Prior to UN Security Council Meeting


Israel Declines Ceasefire Appeals Prior to UN Security Council Meeting

In New York at the United Nations Security Council session, Israel rejected appeals for a permanent ceasefire in the Gaza war. Israeli UN Ambassador Gilad Erdan argued that a ceasefire would jeopardize the protection of Israeli citizens, stating that supporting a ceasefire essentially endorses Hamas’ ongoing reign of terror in Gaza. Erdan emphasized that demanding a ceasefire while seeking a conflict resolution is contradictory, citing Hamas as an unreliable peace partner.

Simultaneously, 16 hostages were released from Gaza as mediators worked on extending the truce between Israel and Hamas, scheduled to expire at midnight ET. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, present in Israel for discussions, aimed to secure an extension. Qatar, a key mediator, expressed optimism about prolonging the pause. The recently freed hostages included 10 Israelis and four Thai nationals, with additional releases expected. Amid these developments, the Israeli military was assessing Hamas’ claim that the youngest Israeli hostage, 10-month-old Kfir Bibas, along with his brother and mother, are no longer alive.


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