In a sharp rebuke of the Israeli government's decision to permit limited humanitarian aid into Gaza, the families of hostages currently held in the region have expressed profound distress. The criticism comes in the wake of growing tensions and international scrutiny over the conflict between Israel and Hamas.
"Pampering the Kidnappers"
The Hostage and Missing Families Forum, representing the aggrieved families, released a searing statement on Wednesday. “Children, infants, women, soldiers, men, and elderly, some with serious illnesses, wounded and shot, are held underground like animals and without human conditions.
Meanwhile, the Israeli government pampers the murderers and kidnappers with baklavas and medicines,” the statement read, capturing the raw emotions and anguish of the families. Despite the vehement opposition, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office maintained its stance, clarifying that Israel would permit the deliveries of essentials such as food, water, and medicine to Gaza, on the condition that these supplies do not end up in the hands of Hamas.
Reports from Hamas indicate that militants are currently holding an estimated 250 hostages within the Gaza territory.
U.S. Vetoes U.N. Resolution on Israel-Hamas Violence
In a notable move on the international stage, the United States has exercised its veto power against a U.N.
resolution aimed at condemning violence against all civilians embroiled in the Israel-Hamas war. This resolution would have not only denounced “the heinous terrorist attacks by Hamas” against Israel but also advocated for delivering humanitarian aid to the Palestinian population in Gaza.
While twelve members of the 15-strong Security Council backed the resolution initially proposed by Brazil, the United States opposed it. Two prominent nations, Russia and the United Kingdom, opted to abstain from the vote.
U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield offered an insight into America's position after the contentious vote. She mentioned that President Joe Biden is actively involved in the region, focusing his diplomatic efforts on ensuring the safe return of the hostages, curbing the escalation of the conflict, and underscoring the importance of safeguarding civilians.
The developments in the region continue to unfold, with the international community keenly watching the moves of major stakeholders in this complex geopolitical chessboard.