There will be no ceasefire in the Middle East for Christmas.
Hamas is reportedly rejecting a week-long truce deal that would have included the release of 40 hostages held captive.
Hamas leaders says they won’t participate in negotiations until Israel agrees to a more permanent ceasefire. Saturday December 23rd 2023 will mark exactly eleven weeks since Hamas attacked Israel on October 7th.
The United Nations Security Council has approved a resolution to boost humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip. The vote was 13-0 in favor of the resolution, with the United States and Russia abstaining.
The final version of the measure does not call for a ceasefire in the war between Israel and Hamas and won’t affect the ongoing military operations in Gaza.
Agencies working under the U-N banner say the entire population of Gaza is at “imminent risk of famine.”
Half a million people in Gaza are now starving as not enough emergency food is being allowed in.
26% of the people living in the heavily-populated Gaza Strip have run out of food completely.
An Egyptian truck driver carrying humanitarian aid for the Gaza Strip unties his cargo after inspection at the Kerem Shalom Crossing in southern Israel, Friday, Dec. 22, 2023. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo) used locally Dec 22nd 2023