UN Security Council faces tensions between Israel and Palestine as the war continues
The international work to promote the great war between Israel and the Palestinian Authority for seven years intensified on Sunday as the war continued.
The UN Security Council, led by China, met in New York as Egypt and Qatar demanded a temporary suspension of access to fossil fuels in Gaza in the Mediterranean region, two western diplomats told the Financial Times.
Residents of Gaza 2m have been closed by Israel and Egypt since 2007, when Hamas won elections. Oil will run out on Monday soon, an Israeli worker said.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres convened a Security Council meeting by calling on both sides “to help keep the lines of communication strong and effective.”
“The war must end. It has to stop. Rocks and mud on one side, blasting on the other side must stop, ”he said.
The bombs continued on the seventh day. Israeli forces have stormed the homes of Hamas leader Yahyeh Sinwar and his brother. The strike is difficult to resolve, with one Egyptian ambassador to FT saying: “It’s too hot.”
Sinwar was released from an Israeli prison in 2011 during a prison shift and rose to become Hamas leader. An Israeli official described him as “the most dangerous” in Israel from Gaza.
Hamas fired off rockets in Tel Aviv midnight on Saturday night and in towns near the Gaza Strip on Sunday morning.
The death toll in Gaza reached 181, including 83 women and children, health officials in Gaza said.
Israelis say 10 people have died as a result of Hamas threats, including two children.
Tor Wennesland, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, told a 15-member council on Sunday that Hamas had detonated 2,900 rockets since Monday. Referring to the Israeli military, he said Israel had 950 demonstrations in response, killing 100 “workers”.
Israelis are also expected to hold a meeting of security ministers to discuss Hamas’ long-term offer, according to an Israeli government official. The military wants the Islamist group to return the bodies of two soldiers. The threat is the future of two Israeli nationals detained in Gaza, a spokesman said.
“We are still in the middle of the work, it is not over and the work will continue as long as necessary,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday night.
Netanyahu has defended the biggest war against Hamas since Israel declared war on the Islamic State in 2014 as a “war on justice.” He added: “We are doing everything, but everything, to prevent or reduce as much as we can to harm ordinary people.”
Netanyahu’s comments came after Israel destroyed al-Jalaa’s residences that housed the US-based Associated Press company and Qatari television station Al Jazeera. The bombing sparked “concerns about the safety and security of the press” and “reaffirmed the need to protect them,” U.S. President Joe Biden told Netanyahu over the phone on Saturday, according to the White House.
“In recent years… UN Security Council elections have not been rigged and, in particular, Palestinian independence has been repeatedly violated,” Wang Yi, China’s foreign minister, told Chinese media.
In the West Bank, which was quiet until Israeli forces killed 11 Palestinians on Friday, Arab protesters burned tires and threw Molotov’s cocktails at Israeli soldiers during a night demonstration. Two Palestinians were killed overnight, including a single shot by Israeli soldiers in the abdomen.
The region, which Israel has occupied since the 1967 war, is the seat of Fatah, an anti-Hamas faction in Palestine, with a population of about 650,000 Jews, including 200,000 in East Jerusalem.
Israel is also working to end the violence that is destroying Jews and Arabs across the country, and arresting about 900 people.
Israeli Arabs make up about one-fifth of the Jewish population, hold Israeli passports and have the right to vote, but claim to be facing discrimination.
The crisis began with police using rubber bullets, tear gas and grenades against Palestinian protesters in the al-Aqsa mosque, the third most holy place in Islam. More than 500 Palestinians were injured.
The al-Aqsa mosque is located on a hill – known to Muslims as the Haram ash-Sharif, or Noble Sanctuary, and to Jews as the Temple Mount – which is sacred to both religions.
Additional reports of Primrose Riordan in Hong Kong