Israel’s Conflict with Gaza: Key Events on Day 138 of the War | Latest Israel-Gaza News

The US has vetoed a UN resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, while ICJ hearings continue. On February 21, 2024, the situation looks like this:

Fighting and Humanitarian Crisis

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) reported that the Israeli military bombed a shelter housing MSF staff in al-Mawasi near Khan Younis in southern Gaza.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), 103 Palestinians were killed and 142 were injured by Israeli attacks on Gaza within a 24-hour period.
The World Food Programme has halted food deliveries to isolated northern Gaza due to attacks and civil disorder. This threatens to worsen the suffering in the territory, where over 29,000 Palestinians have been killed in Israel’s air and ground offensive.

Regional Tensions and Diplomacy

The US vetoed a UN resolution for an immediate ceasefire in Israel’s war on Gaza. Algeria’s UN Ambassador Amar Bendjama said that a vote in favor of the resolution supports the Palestinians’ right to life, while a vote against it implies an endorsement of the violence against them. China’s Ambassador to the UN Zhang Jun called the US’s veto a stifling of an overwhelming consensus among the UNSC’s members on a ceasefire in Gaza.
Separately, South Africa argued at the United Nations’ top court that Israel is responsible for apartheid against the Palestinians and that Israel’s occupation of land sought for a Palestinian state is “inherently and fundamentally illegal”. Israel rejects such claims. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has described Israeli soldiers’ reported looting of homes in Gaza as a “symptom of genocide and ethnic cleansing”. The Houthi rebels in Yemen claimed they struck an Israeli cargo ship in the Gulf of Aden with a number of missiles.

Violence in the Occupied West Bank

According to the Palestinian news agency Wafa, Israeli forces destroyed infrastructure and fired live rounds in Jenin as raids on dozens of homes continue in the city in the occupied West Bank. The Israeli military said it targeted a “terrorist cell” with an air strike in Jenin, killing three people. Palestinian armed groups said they had responded by using explosive devices against Israeli military vehicles. Israeli forces also arrested a minor in the town of al-Khader, south of Bethlehem.
State of Palestine
At today’s session, Amb. Dr. Riyad Mansour condemned the Security Council’s failure to call for a ceasefire in Gaza “By the time this session ends, over 25 Palestinians will be dead due to the Council’s inaction, It means more babies will be murdered.“ – State of Palestine (Twitter, 2024)

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