Resumen del 22/12/2023: Conflicto entre Israel y Gaza

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The United Nations Security Council has approved a resolution to increase humanitarian aid to Gaza with 13 votes in favor and two abstentions, those of the United States and Russia. This comes after a week of delays in the voting due to the demands of the United States, Israel’s largest international ally, which have ultimately led to the resolution being watered down, according to several Council members.

Hamas has deemed the resolution “insufficient” due to the lack of ambition in the measures it contains. “The US administration has worked hard to empty this resolution of its essence and issue it in this weak formula,” the Islamist militia stated in a press release. Conversely, the Palestinian National Authority has welcomed the resolution and stated that it is “a step in the right direction,” according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the PNA.

Meanwhile, the President of the Government of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, conveyed to the President of the United States, Joe Biden, in a phone conversation that the “political solution” for the Gaza conflict is the coexistence of a State of Palestine and the State of Israel “in peace and security, as well as the need for a humanitarian ceasefire,” according to a statement issued by La Moncloa.

The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, called the leader of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, on the phone. During the conversation, the Russian leader expressed support for the creation of a Palestinian state. In addition, the European Commission has announced that it has approved a package of 118 million euros in aid to support the Palestinian Authority.

In the military front, Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati has stated that the solution to end the crossfire between the Lebanese Shia group Hezbollah and the Israeli army on the border lies in complying with international resolutions of the United Nations, which include the Israeli withdrawal from the occupied Lebanese territories. The Islamist paramilitary group and the Israeli Defense Forces have been exchanging fire in recent weeks.

On the humanitarian front, the war in Gaza has already displaced nearly 900,000 children since the outbreak of the conflict between Israel and Hamas on October 7, as reported by the NGO Save The Children.

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