Here’s how things stand on Saturday, December 9, 2023:
- The Palestinian media said early this morning that bombardments by Israeli forces resulted in “dozens” of casualties in the north and south of Gaza.
- Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip killed at least 310 Palestinians in a 24-hour period, according to the authorities in Gaza.
- The Palestine Olympic Committee said 64 athletes and sports-related officials have been killed in Gaza since October 7, according to the official Wafa news agency.
- An Israeli drone fired on a car in southwest Syria, killing four people, according to Syrian state media.
- Israel carried out raids in the southern city of Hebron and in Qalqilya as well as Jericho, Jenin, Salfit and Ramallah, according to Al Jazeera sources and the Palestinian media.
- US officials told Reuters that Washington asked Congress to approve the sale of 45,000 shells for Israel’s Merkava tanks.
- Palestinians paid tribute to Refaat Alareer, a prominent poet and scholar who sought to tell the stories behind the news headlines in Gaza, who was killed by Israel.
- The US vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution calling for a humanitarian ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.
- Hamas strongly condemned the US veto on the proposed resolution as “unethical and inhumane”.
- UN General Assembly President Dennis Francis said he would continue to work for an immediate humanitarian truce in Gaza.
- Israel’s envoy to the UN, Gilad Erdan, thanked US President Joe Biden for “standing steadfastly” with Israel.
- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called for an immediate end to the war in Gaza and an international peace conference to work out a lasting political solution, leading to the establishment of a Palestinian state.
- Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud told US Secretary of State Antony Blinken that “urgent steps” must be taken to achieve a truce in Gaza and the delivery of food and medical supplies.
- A UN World Food Programme official said “chaos, desperation” are widespread as displaced Palestinian families are starving on the streets of Gaza.
- The White House said more can be done by Israel to reduce civilian casualties and the US shares international concerns about the humanitarian situation in Gaza.
Al Jazeera and news agencies