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Genocide against Palestinians

More Israeli atrocities across the Gaza Strip. Nine members of the same family are killed in central Gaza shelling. The attack targeted a residential building in the al-Nuseirat refugee camp. Elsewhere and in the south of the besieged strip, Israel struck the city of Rafah amid fierce ground battles with Palestinian resistance fighters there. The regime is planning a large-scale ground offensive in the city, where 1.5 million people are taking shelter. The UN says some 100,000 people have been forced to leave Rafah. Israel has already seized the city’s border crossing with Egypt, which is the main entry point for aid into Gaza. Nearly 35,000 people have been killed in the besieged territory since Israel unleashed its war in early October. Efforts to establish a ceasefire have failed on numerous occasions, with Israel refusing to accept Palestinians’ demands.

Palestine UN membership

Hamas resistance movement welcomes the UN General Assembly resolution on Palestinian statehood and calls on the UN Security Council to recognize Palestine. The resistance movement also called on world countries to intensify efforts to safeguard Palestinians’ right to self-determination. Earlier on Friday, the UNGA overwhelmingly passed a resolution in support of full UN membership for Palestine. The non-binding resolution recognizes the State of Palestine as qualified to join the world body. All assembly measures should be approved by the Security Council to become binding. The assembly has also recommended that the Security Council reconsider the issue of Palestinian membership favorably, after the US blocked a similar resolution in the Council last month.

Call for accountability over Gaza

Colombia’s president calls on the International Criminal Court to issue an arrest warrant for the Israeli Prime minister over what he called the genocide in the Gaza Strip. Gustavo Petro said in a post on X that Benjamin Netanyahu will not stop the genocide and this implies the need for the arrest warrant. The Colombian president also called on the UN Security Council to establish a peace-keeping force in the Gaza Strip. Last week, Petro announced his country was severing diplomatic ties with Israel over the regime’s onslaught in Gaza. The South American country has also expressed readiness to join South Africa’s genocide case against Israel, at the International Court of Justice. Bolivia, Belize and South Africa have also severed or suspended ties with Israel.

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