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The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has called on the United States and others to resume funding for the main agency providing aid in Gaza. This comes after Israel accused twelve employees of the agency of taking part in a Hamas attack that ignited the war. Guterres warned that if funding is not resumed, the agency will be forced to scale back aid to over 2 million Palestinians in Gaza as early as February.
The abhorrent alleged acts of these staff members must have consequences... The dire needs of the desperate populations they serve must be met.
US President Joe Biden announced the first deaths of US service members in the region since the war in Gaza began. He blamed Iran-backed militias for a drone strike near the Syrian border in Jordan that wounded many others. US officials say they are close to reaching a ceasefire agreement that would bring a two-month halt to the Israeli-Palestinian violence. The war has killed over 26,000 Palestinians, destroyed large parts of Gaza, and displaced the majority of its population.
The Oct. 7 Hamas attack in southern Israel killed about 1,200 people, mostly civilians, and militants took about 250 hostages.