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Israel-Hamas War: Day 12 Live Updates | U.S. Intelligence Supports Israel’s Account on Hospital Strike

Israel-Hamas War: Updates on Day 12, U.S. Intelligence Supports Israel’s Account on Hospital Strike

The ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas has escalated, with the recent incident involving an explosion at the Al-Ahli al-Arabi hospital in Gaza. Despite Palestinian officials blaming an Israeli airstrike for the blast, the U.S. intelligence has reportedly indicated that Israel was not responsible for the hospital strike.

Conflicting Narratives

The Israel military has refuted the claim, stating that there is no evidence of aerial munitions causing the explosion, citing the absence of craters or damage to surrounding buildings. This directly contradicts the allegations made by Palestinian officials, who accused Israel of the attack, resulting in a massive loss of life.

Biden’s Support for Israel

U.S. President Joe Biden, who recently arrived in Tel Aviv, has expressed solidarity with Israel, supporting their account of the hospital explosion. In a joint statement with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Biden condemned the incident and suggested that it was orchestrated by militant groups, rather than the Israeli military.

Regional Developments

As the tensions continue to escalate, various regional developments have unfolded, including the cancellation of a regional summit in Amman, Jordan, scheduled for Wednesday. The cancellations were made as a result of the growing rage and unrest in the region.

International Response

Meanwhile, the international community has expressed concerns over the rapidly deteriorating situation, with calls for an immediate ceasefire echoing across various Arab nations and global leaders. Russia has described the recent escalation as a “global catastrophe,” emphasizing the urgent need for de-escalation and peace initiatives.

The situation remains highly volatile, with protests erupting across the Arab world following the tragic hospital blast.

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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield votes against a Brazil-sponsored draft resolution during a meeting of the United Nations Security Council on the conflict between Israel and Hamas at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., October 18, 2023. | Photo Credit: REUTERS
The U.S. vetoed a Brazil-proposed draft resolution at the United Nations Security Council aimed at facilitating humanitarian aid in the Gaza strip amidst the escalating Israel-Palestine conflict. Expressing disappointment at the resolution's omission of Israel's right to self-defense, the move marks the recent impasse's second unsuccessful attempt after Russia's rejected proposal for a humanitarian ceasefire. Meanwhile, the UK abstained, citing insufficient recognition of Israel's defensive rights. The deadlock fuels concerns about the prolonged humanitarian crisis in Gaza, prompting calls for urgent action from the international community.
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