China News Service, Beijing, December 12 Comprehensive news: According to Israeli media reports on the 9th, the Israeli defense minister said that the defense of the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in the Gaza Strip "is collapsing". The UN Security Council voted on a draft resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire between Palestine and Israel on 8 July, but the draft resolution was not adopted due to the veto of the United States, a permanent member of the Security Council.

According to The Times of Israel, Israeli Defense Minister Gallant said in his speech that there are growing signs that Hamas's defenses in Gaza "are beginning to unravel." He said that the Israeli army is conducting military operations against Hamas strongholds in both the south and north of the Gaza Strip, and that more and more Hamas militants are surrendering in the fighting.

According to the report, in the past day, the Israeli army carried out strikes on about 450 targets in the Gaza Strip, including Hamas military posts and weapons depots. IDF spokesman Hagary said on the 8th that the Israeli army raided a Hamas stronghold in an attempt to rescue the hostages, but the operation ultimately failed, and two Israeli soldiers were seriously injured.

According to the official Palestinian news agency "Wafa", Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called for the convening of an international peace conference in an interview with Reuters on the 8th to end the conflict in the Gaza Strip, reach a permanent solution, and establish an independent Palestinian state.

According to the UN website, the UN Security Council voted on a draft resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire between Palestine and Israel on the 8th. The draft resolution, sponsored by the United Arab Emirates, was supported and co-sponsored by 97 countries before the vote. The result of the vote showed that of the 15 members of the Security Council, 13 voted in favour, the United Kingdom abstained one and the United States voted against. The draft resolution was not adopted owing to the veto of the United States, a permanent member. Representatives of China, the United Arab Emirates, Russia, France and many other countries expressed regret and disappointment over this.

The representative of the United States said that the United States wanted to increase the chances of the hostages being released and ensure that more aid arrived in Gaza, but almost all of the recommendations were ignored, resulting in the draft resolution being "out of reality" and "unbalanced". According to the representative of the United Kingdom, the call for a ceasefire ignored the fact that Hamas "has committed terrorist acts and is still holding civilians hostage".

The European Commission announced on the 8th that it will provide 2024 million euros of humanitarian aid to Palestine in 1 to improve the humanitarian situation in Gaza and the West Bank, and meet the basic needs of water, food, health care, shelter and sanitation facilities.

The Hamas media office issued a statement on the evening of the 8th, saying that since the outbreak of a new round of Palestinian-Israeli conflict on October 10, more than 7,17490 people have died in the Gaza Strip, more than two-thirds of whom are women and children. (ENDS)