Blinken heads to Israel to press for 'immediate' truce in Gaza ahead of UN vote

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GAZA STRIP: Secretary of State Antony Blinken heads to Israel Friday (Mar 22) to press for a truce in Gaza, ahead of a key UN Security Council vote on a US draft resolution on the need for an "immediate" ceasefire.

GAZA STRIP: Secretary of State Antony Blinken heads to Israel Friday to press for a truce in Gaza, ahead of a key UN Security Council vote on a US draft resolution on the need for an"immediate" ceasefire.a draft to the Security Council on the need for an"immediate ceasefire as part of a hostage deal", after repeatedly using its veto power to block other similarly worded resolutions.

He warned that an Israeli ground offensive in Rafah, Gaza's southernmost city where around 1.5 million people are hemmed in by the Egyptian border, would be"a mistake"."There is a better way to deal with the ongoing threat posed by Hamas." After blocking an Algerian draft resolution calling for an"immediate humanitarian ceasefire" in Gaza at the end of February, US officials have been negotiating an alternative text focusing on support for a six-week truce in exchange for the release of hostages.

It said militants were hiding out at the vast hospital complex and civilians had not been harmed. Hamas said the attack on an area crowded with patients and people seeking refuge was a crime.

 

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