ER Editor: Are the conditions are being laid for some party – Russia? – to go in against Israel. See this from Friday, October 27 —
From yesterday (Oct 28) —
Russia has shown its strongest reaction to the Israeli regime’s nonstop bombardment of the besieged Gaza Strip by labeling the three-week campaign targeting the civilians in the Palestinian territory “unlawful.”
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in remarks published by the Belarusian state news agency Belta on Saturday that the carnage is against international law and could create a decades-long catastrophe in the region.
Lavrov said Israel has been “indiscriminately using force against targets where civilians are known to be present.”
He warned that Israel’s stated goal of seeking to eradicate the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas would require a total destruction of Gaza, an enclave of over 2.3 million people located on the Mediterranean.
“If Gaza is destroyed and 2 million inhabitants are expelled, as some politicians in Israel and abroad propose, this will create a catastrophe for many decades, if not centuries,” said the Russian foreign minister.
“It is necessary to stop, and to announce humanitarian programs to save the population under blockade.”
Israel’s savagery began on October 7 in response to a Hamas operation in the occupied territories which led to over 1,400 deaths among settlers and regime troops.
Israelis were already angered by Moscow’s decision to host a Hamas delegation in the midst of the conflict in Palestine. (ER: See here — Iran, Russia, Hamas officials discuss Gaza-Israel war in Moscow)
Russian authorities have defended the move while Hamas leaders say they have received a request from Moscow to look for eight people identified by Russia as possibly being among hostages taken by the group’s fighters during the blitz into the occupied territories.
The death toll since the start of the Israeli carnage has reached 7,650 with upwards of 20,500 Palestinians wounded. A staggering 70% of the casualties in Gaza are children, women, and the elderly.
Israel rejects UN resolution for Gaza cease-fire
MIDDLE EAST MONITOR
Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen said Saturday that his country “outright” rejects a UN call for a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, Anadolu reports.
The move came shortly after the UN General Assembly approved a resolution Friday that called for an immediate “durable and sustained humanitarian truce” in Gaza.
“We reject outright the UN General Assembly despicable call for a cease-fire,” Cohen wrote on X.
“Israel intends to eliminate Hamas just as the world dealt with the Nazis and ISIS,” he added. (ER: Said with a straight face?)
The resolution, which was presented by nearly 50 countries, including Türkiye, Palestine, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), was approved by a vote of 120-14, with 45 nations abstaining.
Adopted at the 10th Emergency Special Session meeting on the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, the draft resolution expresses “grave concern” over the “latest escalation of violence” since Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack on Israel.
The resolution condemned “all acts of violence against Palestinian and Israeli civilians, including all acts of terror and indiscriminate attacks, as well as all acts of provocation, incitement and destruction.”
It also demanded that “all parties immediately and fully comply with their obligations under international law.”
The resolution emphasized the importance of “preventing further destabilization and escalation of violence in the region.”
The conflict in Gaza began Oct. 7 when the Palestinian group Hamas initiated Operation Al-Aqsa Flood — a multi-pronged surprise attack that included a barrage of rocket launches and infiltrations into Israel by land, sea and air
Hamas said the incursion was in retaliation for the storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and growing violence by Israeli settlers against Palestinians.
The Israeli military then launched a relentless bombardment of Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip, with a ground operation widely expected, despite warnings of its possible dire impact.
Nearly 8,800 people have been killed in the conflict, including at least 7,326 Palestinians and 1,400 Israelis. Some 70% of the deaths in Gaza are women and children, according to official figures.
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