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- The US vetoed a UN Security Council call for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza.
- The brief draft resolution, put forward by the UAE, was supported by 13 Security Council members.
- Most Gazans are now displaced and unable to access any aid, as a result of Israel’s bombardment.
“The people of Gaza are being told to move like human pinballs – ricocheting between ever-smaller slivers of the south, without any of the basics for survival,” he said, referring to Israeli instructions to civilians to move to safe areas.
Gaza’s health ministry on Friday said the total number killed since 7 October had risen to 17,487, with thousands more missing and presumed buried under rubble. More strikes were reported on Friday morning in Khan Younis in the south, the Nusseirat camp in the centre and Gaza City in the north.
Israel says it is providing detail about which areas are safe and how to reach them, and says Hamas is to blame for harm that befalls civilians because it operates among them, an accusation the Islamist group denies.
Hamas, in its entirety, is designated as a terrorist organisation by countries including Australia, Canada, the UK and the US. New Zealand and Paraguay list only its military wing as a terrorist group. In 2018, the United Nations General Assembly voted against a resolution condemning Hamas in its entirety as a terrorist organisation.