Israel and Hamas at war | American draft resolution at the UN for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza

(Jeddah) The United States has presented a draft resolution to members of the UN Security Council calling for an “immediate ceasefire linked to the release of hostages” in Gaza, the Secretary of State said on Wednesday. State Antony Blinken to a Saudi media outlet.

After the start of the war on October 7 between Israel and Hamas, the United States, Israel’s main ally, vetoed several resolutions calling for immediate ceasefires in this conflict triggered by an attack by Palestinian Islamist movement on Israeli soil.

But faced with the human toll which continues to rise with more than 31,923 dead in the Gaza Strip daily bombarded by Israel according to Hamas and the risk of famine according to the UN in the besieged Palestinian territory, the United States is doubling down. efforts to achieve a truce.

“We actually submitted a resolution that is now before the Security Council that calls for an immediate ceasefire tied to the release of the hostages and we very much hope that countries will support it,” Blinken said. to the Saudi media Al Hadath during a visit to the kingdom.

He added that he hoped that this initiative would send a “strong signal”.

The text, seen by AFP, underlines “the need for an immediate and lasting ceasefire to protect civilians on all sides, allow the provision of essential humanitarian aid” and “unequivocally supports diplomatic efforts international organizations to achieve such a ceasefire in connection with the release of the hostages still held.”

No vote is currently scheduled on this text.

“Of course we stand with Israel and its right to defend itself… but at the same time, it is imperative that the civilians who are in danger and who are suffering so terribly – that we focus on them, that we make them a priority, protecting civilians and providing them with humanitarian assistance,” Blinken said.

Since blocking an Algerian draft resolution calling for an “immediate humanitarian ceasefire” at the end of February, the Americans have been negotiating an alternative text focused on supporting diplomatic efforts to achieve a six-week truce in exchange for release of Israeli hostages held in Gaza.

A text modified several times which, according to diplomatic sources, had little chance of obtaining the approval of the Council.

On October 7, Hamas commandos infiltrated from Gaza carried out an unprecedented attack in southern Israel, which resulted in the deaths of at least 1,160 people, most of them civilians, according to an AFP count from from official Israeli sources. According to these sources, around 250 people were kidnapped and 130 of them are still hostages in Gaza, of whom 33 are believed to have died.

Alongside Blinken’s tour, talks in Doha on a truce involving international mediators – the United States, Qatar, Egypt – took place on Wednesday.

The plan under discussion in Qatar would temporarily end the fighting, as hostages are exchanged for Palestinian prisoners and the delivery of humanitarian aid is intensified.

” We are getting closer ”

“We are getting closer (to an agreement). I think the gap is closing and a deal is very possible,” Blinken told Al Hadath.

“We worked very hard with Qatar, with Egypt and with Israel to put a strong proposal on the table… Hamas did not accept it,” he added. “They came back with other requests, other demands. The negotiators are working on it at the moment. »

On Wednesday, a Hamas official in Beirut, Osama Hamdane, declared, without detailing, that Israel’s response to the Palestinian movement’s truce proposal was “overall negative” and could “lead the negotiations towards an impasse.”

Antony Blinken visits Cairo on Thursday and Israel on Friday.


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