Israel-Hamas war latest: UN to vote on Biden's ceasefire deal tonight – as US considers negotiating with Hamas – Sky News

The UN Security Council has approved Joe Biden’s proposal for a full and immediate ceasefire. US state secretary Antony Blinken has been back in the Middle East today on his eighth visit since the war between Israel and Hamas broke out.
Monday 10 June 2024 22:49, UK
The Israeli Police has released footage it says shows part of a mission to rescue hostages in Gaza at the weekend.
The bodycam footage appears to show the moment police tore into an apartment and discovered three of the four hostages who were returned on Saturday.
Police speak to the hostages in Hebrew, asking for their names and telling them “everything is ok, we are here to rescue you, stay calm,” as they continue shooting. 

The Hamas-run health ministry claims at least 274 Palestinians were killed in the area of the operation.

Antony Blinken has met Israeli defence minister Yoav Gallant in Israel as part of his latest diplomatic visit to the region.
State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said the pair discussed the ceasefire proposal which includes clauses for a hostage deal and a surge of humanitarian aid into Gaza.
Mr Blinken “commended Israel’s readiness to conclude a deal and affirmed that the onus is on Hamas to accept,” Mr Miller said.
The US secretary of state also reaffirmed his country’s “ironclad commitment to Israel’s security,” he said.
The Palestinian health ministry claims four Palestinians have been killed tonight by Israeli forces in Ramallah, in the West Bank.
Providing its account of the operation, Israel’s border police said officers arrived at a building in the area to arrest suspects from an attempted attack earlier today. As they closed in, four suspects tried to escape in a vehicle by running over security officers, so police opened fire and killed them, it said.
The latest Israeli operation comes after an early-morning raid in the region’s al Faraa refugee camp, which Israel says led to one militant being killed and two others wounded.
According to the health ministry, a 15-year-old Palestinian boy was killed by Israeli forces during that raid.
UN Security Council ambassadors are still discussing the latest resolution after it passed with 14 votes in favour.
Russia was the only country to abstain and there were no votes against.
Vasily Nebenzia, who represents Russia on the council, says his country has a “whole host of questions” about the US draft ceasefire deal and adds that the “ultimate outlines” of the proposal are “not known to anyone except, perhaps, the mediators”.
Mr Nebenzia says council members were asked “against the clock” to sign up to the resolution.
“Hamas is called upon to accept this so-called deal, but still there is no clarity regarding official agreement from Israel for the deal proposed by President Biden,” he says.
He says the Security Council should not sign up to “agreements with vague parameters” – however he says Russia was not looking to “block” it as it was appeared to be “supported by the Arab world”.
A spokesman for the Palestinian presidency has joined Hamas in welcoming the resolution adoption by the Security Council.
Nabil Abu Rudeineh said the presidency backed any resolution that calls for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and preserves Palestinian land unity.
The UN Security Council resolution effectively endorses what Joe Biden laid out 10 days ago – but it doesn’t mean a lot in the immediate term, says our Middle East correspondent Alistair Bunkall.
Hamas is not party to the resolution and has to officially agree to the terms and conditions, which it hasn’t yet done, he says.
“Until they do then no ceasefire can come into force and there will be no hostage deal,” Bunkall adds.
“However, this just underwrites the will of the international community to push ahead with it.”

Bunkall says he finds interesting a clause in the resolution which rejects any attempt and demographic or territorial change in Gaza.
“That is the UN putting on record in the form of a resolution that the territory of the Gaza Strip cannot change and I think that is a rebuttal of any attempts that the Israelis might want to create a buffer zone,” he says.
Hamas has welcomed the UN Security Council’s decision to back the ceasefire deal set out by President Biden.
The militant group said it was ready to cooperate with mediators over implementing the plan’s principles.
In a statement, it said: “Hamas welcomes what is included in the Security Council resolution that affirmed the permanent ceasefire in Gaza, the complete withdrawal, the prisoners’ exchange, the reconstruction, the return of the displaced to their areas of residence, the rejection of any demographic change or reduction in the area of the Gaza Strip, and the delivery of needed aid to our people in the Strip.”
UK ambassador Barbara Woodward says the resolution is an “important step” towards bringing an end to the conflict.
“The situation in Gaza is catastrophic and the suffering has gone on for far too long,” she says, adding that the deal tabled is “something that the UK has long called for”.
She called on all parties involved “to seize this opportunity and move towards lasting peace which guarantees lasting security and stability for both the Israeli and Palestinian people”.
“Now is the time for diplomacy. Now is the time for peace,” she says.
Speaking after the vote, US ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield says the council has sent a “clear message” to Hamas: “Accept the ceasefire deal on the table.”
“Israel has already agreed to this deal and the fighting could stop today if Hamas would do the same,” she adds.
She says the international community is now “united behind a deal that will save lives and help Palestinian civilians in Gaza start to build and heal”.
Ms Thomas-Greenfield says Egypt and Qatar have assured Washington they are working to ensure Hamas engages with ceasefire discussions, and that the US would ensure Israel “lives up to its obligations as well”.
The United Nations Security Council has passed a resolution in support of a US-drafted ceasefire deal aimed at halting eight months of fighting between Israel and Hamas.
There were 14 votes in favour, one abstention by Russia and no votes against the resolution.
The deal – outlined by Joe Biden at the end of May – would happen in three phases. The first phase of the deal would be a six-week ceasefire, the second the return of remaining hostages from Gaza, and the third, and final, a reconstruction plan for Gaza.
The UNSC resolution calls on Hamas to accept the three-phase plan and urges both Israel and the militant group to “fully implement its terms without delay and without condition”.
It’s the first resolution adopted by the council which supports a specific ceasefire plan. Back in March, the UNSC voted in favour of an immediate ceasefire in the conflict.
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