Iran, expressing grave concern, issues an ultimatum demanding an immediate halt to attacks on Palestinians in Gaza. Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdellahian emphasizes the risk of regional conflicts escalating if the attacks persist.
Criticism of US Support
Amirabdellahian criticizes the US for supporting Israel, including arms supply, following a devastating Hamas attack that claimed over 1,400 lives. Iran stresses the need for global intervention to prevent further escalation.
US Response and Biden’s Caution
Amidst full support for Israel, US President Joe Biden voices a differing opinion, cautioning against Israel’s move to capture the Gaza Strip again. He emphasizes the importance of eliminating terrorism while recognizing that Hamas does not represent all Palestinians.
US Intervention and Biden’s Message
Reports suggest the US is considering intervention to restore essential supplies to Gaza. Biden, in a special interview, conveys that while Palestine should be an independent state, terrorism must be eradicated. He questions Israel’s indefinite dominance over the Palestinian border.
Biden’s Diplomatic Moves
Following a phone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Biden contemplates a visit to Israel. The situation intensifies as Israel orders the evacuation of northern Gaza, signaling a potential ground war.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken engages in talks with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Saudi Arabia, aiming to prevent the war’s spread. The US is strategically intervening to curb the crisis’s regional impact.
Concerns over Escalation and Potential Intervention by Iran
US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan expresses concerns about a possible escalation of the war in Israel and potential direct intervention by Iran, a long-time rival. The international community grapples with preventing further bloodshed.
Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza
The continuous Israeli bombardment results in over 2,670 casualties, including more than 700 children. Essential services are cut off in densely populated areas, creating a dire humanitarian crisis.
Challenges in Gaza
The people of Gaza face challenges in evacuating the seriously injured, as Israel intensifies combing operations to target Hamas members. A safe corridor is opened, but the scarcity of food, water, and electricity worsens.
Critical Situation in Hospitals
Gaza’s hospitals, particularly Nasser in Khan Younis, face a critical situation with overflowing intensive care units. The hospital is on the verge of running out of fuel, endangering the lives of 35 people on ventilators.
Cross-Border Firing and Hezbollah’s Response
Firing from the Lebanese border to Israel adds another dimension to the conflict. Hezbollah attributes this response to Israeli attacks on the Lebanese border, resulting in casualties on both sides.