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There is a green light for a UN-backed ceasefire and an aid package on the way: 251 days of war

Hamas says it accepts the ceasefire resolution in Gaza supported by the UN, being ready to negotiate details. The information was revealed this Tuesday by a senior Hamas official. The Secretary of State of the United States of America described the Palestinian group’s green light as “a sign of hope†.

This Monday, the UN Security Council approved the resolution that welcomes the proposed ceasefire in Gaza announced by the North American President and urges Israel and Hamas to “fully implement its terms, without delay and without conditions”.

The resolution, authored by the United States, received 14 votes in favor and one abstention from Russia. This is the Security Council’s first resolution on a ceasefire plan aimed at ending the eight-month war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. After the approval of the resolution, the American ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, said that “Israel has already agreed to this agreement”.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken also said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “reaffirmed his commitment” to a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip. “I met with Netanyahu last night and he reaffirmed his commitment to the proposal” for a ceasefire agreement, Blinken said, referring to the plan presented by the United States at the United Nations.

However, mediators from Egypt and Qatar say that there is still no formal response from either side to implement the agreement.

US and UK prepare to send aid packages to Palestinians

Antony Blinken announced a new package of 404 million dollars (376 million euros) in aid for Palestinians affected by the war in Gaza.

“Today, I announce another $404 million in new aid to the Palestinians, which adds to the more than $1,800 million (1,678 million euros) in development, economic and humanitarian aid that the United States has provided since 2021,” declared Blinken at an international conference on the humanitarian response to the Gaza Strip – the scene of war for more than eight months -, which is taking place in the Dead Sea region, in southwest Jordan, urging other countries to do the same.

“We urge other donors to contribute to the humanitarian response in Gaza and the region, to increase support for those affected by the conflict, and to work together to find lasting solutions to the crisis,” Blinken said in his speech.

The United Kingdom will provide a total of 15 million pounds (18.8 million euros) in financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority during this fiscal year, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed in a statement.

The funding will be earmarked for basic services and salary payments in Palestinian territory, with the aim of establishing a “strong and effective” Palestinian Authority that leads to “lasting peace and progress towards a two-state solution”, said the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs dedicated to the Middle East, Tariq Ahmad, in the statement.

Other news that marked the day:

⇒ The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, urged the opening of all “possible” avenues of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip, where “the horror” must stop immediately and the organization’s workers They must be protected. Guterres said this in his inaugural speech at the International Conference on an Emergency Response to Gaza, taking place in the Dead Sea region, in southwest Jordan, and which seeks to define an emergency plan for the humanitarian response to the Palestinian territory for more than eight months under attack by Israel.

⇒ South African Minister of Justice, Ronald Lamola, considered that a ceasefire between Israelis and Palestinians is the “only way” for humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip, which has been in conflict for nine years. months. Lamola was speaking to South African public television SABC from the kingdom of Jordan, where he leads a senior government delegation from Pretoria that is taking part from today in an emergency international conference on urgent humanitarian aid to the Gaza enclave.

⇒ Eighty-one professors and researchers from the University of Minho (UMinho) today urged the academy’s top officials to take a “public and unequivocal” position against the “ongoing genocide” of Palestinians in Gaza Strip. In a letter addressed to the rector and president of the General Council of UMinho, entitled “Silence is consent”, the subscribers also demand the suspension of all cooperation with the State of Israel and with all companies and institutions Israeli academics that, in any way, contribute to the occupation, terror and gross violation of international humanitarian law.

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Francesco Giganti

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