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U.S. House unveils new bipartisan border, foreign aid proposal


United States Vetoes Arab-backed U.N. Resolution

The United States on Tuesday vetoed an Arab-backed U.N. resolution demanding an immediate cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war, further isolating the U.S. on Israel’s side in the conflict. The veto was in response to similar resolutions in the past, with Britain opting to abstain.

The U.S. Seeks a Long-term Resolution

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. ambassador to the U.N., confirmed that the U.S. has been working on a hostage deal to bring a period of calm for at least six weeks. The aim is to establish a long-term solution to the crisis through negotiation and agreement, ensuring a durable peace.

New U.S. Resolution Proposed

In light of the ongoing negotiations, a draft U.S. resolution is being proposed. It calls for a temporary cease-fire, stipulating the release of all hostages held. The resolution also urges Israel to abandon plans for an invasion of Rafah, a city in the Gaza Strip with a high population of refugees.

Credit: Kin Cheung, AP

Prince William Supports an End to Gaza War

During a visit to the British Red Cross headquarters in London, Prince William called for an end to the fighting in Gaza as soon as possible, showing support for a peaceful solution to the ongoing conflict.

Potential Consequences of a Cease-fire

Even if a cease-fire is implemented, a grave humanitarian crisis is predicted to unfold in the Gaza Strip over the next six months. Independent researchers from the U.S. and Britain have reported that, due to the war, the public health situation has deteriorated to an extent where thousands of lives are at risk.

Palestinians watching an Israeli helicopter over Gaza Strip

Credit: Mohammed Dahman, AP

Houthi Militants Hampering Maritime Security

Vice Admiral Brad Cooper, deputy commander of U.S. Central Command, revealed that the Houthi militants in Yemen have posed a significant threat to maritime security. With the support of Iran, the Houthis have targeted over 45 ships since November, leading to interruptions in global shipping and major supply chain issues.

International Efforts to Stop Houthi Attacks

A coalition of over a dozen nations, led by the United States, is actively engaged in countering the Houthi attacks. British Prince William’s recent call for an end to the fighting reiterates the ongoing commitment of Western nations to halt and prevent these attacks to ensure maritime stability.

The Struggles of Southern Gaza’s Nasser Medical Complex

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that southern Gaza’s Nasser Medical Complex, amidst ongoing military battles and Israeli restrictions, is facing a public health crisis. Limited access and attacks have rendered the hospital nonfunctional, prompting the WHO to express concern for the safety and well-being of patients and healthcare workers who remain inside.

Palestinians watching an Israeli helicopter over Gaza Strip

Credit: Mohammed Dahman, AP

Rescue Missions Amidst Gaza Crisis

The WHO conducted high-risk rescue missions, successfully transferring over 30 critically ill or wounded patients out of Nasser Medical Complex to other healthcare facilities. The hospital’s collapse and the scarcity of medical care have contributed to a rising death toll, with tens of thousands of Palestinians already wounded.

Failed Hamas Plan Reported

Hamas allegedly planned to storm Israel’s Ashkelon Central Prison, attempting to release hundreds of inmates. However, the mission failed due to a guide’s error, leading the militants astray. Security forces successfully prevented their entry, averting any casualties.

Contributing: The Associated Press

Published: 2024-02-20 14:42:28 (UTC) | Updated: 2024-02-20 16:51:33 (UTC)

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