Live blog: Israel ready to consider Gaza deal to free hostages 

0146 GMT — Biden urges ‘path to peace’ in Israel-Gaza war

US President Joe Biden called for world leaders to develop plans for a “path toward peace” including two-state solution when the Israel-Gaza war is over.

Biden also said during a visit by the Australian prime minister that while Israel has the right to respond to the October 7 Hamas attack it must do everything it can to protect civilians.

But as international pressure mounts for a ceasefire, Biden added that he “did not demand” that Israel delay a ground invasion of Gaza, which Israel has been pounding since the attacks.

“When this crisis is over, there has to be a vision of what comes next.

0131 GMT WHO calls for immediate release of hostages held by Hamas

The World Health Organization (WHO) called for the immediate release of all hostages being held by the Palestinian group Hamas, expressing concern over their situation.

The call was made by WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus following his discussions with the Israeli non-governmental organisation the Hostages and Missing Families Forum, which represents families of those abducted, according to a statement released by the organisation.

The WHO also asked for urgent access to each hostage and the delivery of medical care.

0018 GMT — Russian president calls situation in Gaza ‘a humanitarian catastrophe’

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the situation in Gaza is a “humanitarian catastrophe.”

Speaking at a meeting in Moscow with representatives of different religions, Putin said “innocent people must not pay for crimes committed by others.”

The president opposed the principle of “collective responsibility,” saying in this case, the elderly, women, children an d entire families die.

Putin reiterated Russia’s position on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, arguing that “this is the key to a long-term and fundamental settlement and peace in the Middle East.”

0000 GMT — US and Russian bids on Israel-Gaza war fail at UN Security Council

Two draft resolutions separately proposed by the US and Russia on the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict failed to pass in the UN Security Council.

The council’s members first voted for the US draft resolution, which demanded humanitarian pauses in Gaza, condemned the October 7 attack by Hamas in Israel and called for the “immediate and unconditional release of all remaining hostages” held by the Palestinian resistance group.

The resolution got 10 votes in favour, with Russia, China and the United Arab Emirates voting against it.

US envoy to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield said the US is “deeply disappointed” that Russia and China vetoed the resolution.

Russia’s draft resolution, which demanded a humanitarian ceasefire, was also voted down in the Security Council after failing to get enough votes. It received four votes in favour, two votes against and nine abstentions. The US and the UK voted no.


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