Israel-Hamas war latest: Biden urges Hamas to 'prove' it wants ceasefire deal after UN approves three-phase plan (2024)

Key points
  • Biden calls on Hamas to 'prove' it wants ceasefire deal
  • UN votes to approve three-phase ceasefire proposal
  • Hamas welcomes UN support for plan
  • Four Israeli soldiers killed in Rafah explosion
  • Analysis: UN vote endorses US plan - but unlikely to be any short term change
  • Reporting by Jess Sharp and Mark Wyatt

08:23:23

Hamas says commander among four killed in West Bank

Hamas has said that one of its commanders was among the four soldiers killed in a clash with Israeli forces in the West Bank on Monday.

In a statement released last night, the militant group said Mohammed Jaber Abdo was killed along with three other fighters in the Kafr Ni'ma area, west of Ramallah.

It said Abdo had spent 20 years in Israeli prisons.

A joint statement by the Israeli army and police said undercover forces had tracked down a suspect wanted for an attack on a nearby Jewish settlement.

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.

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.

07:53:55

Hezbollah targets struck in Lebanon - IDF

The Israel Defence Forces has claimed to have attacked a military compound belonging to Hezbollah in northern Lebanon.

Posting online, the IDF described the compound as being a "logistical reinforcement unit" tasked with smuggling weapons in and out of Lebanon.

It said the attacks in Baalbek were carried out in "response to the downing of an IDF drone" yesterday.

The IDF said it also carried out additional strikes in theAitaroun area of southern Lebanon, targeting a military site and two military buildings.

Hezbollah, like Hamas, is a militant group backed by Iran.

It has engaged in cross-border clashes with Israel since the war in Gaza erupted last year.

In recent months, attacks have increased, with Hezbollah firing a salvo of rockets at a military command centre in northern Israel over the weekend.

07:00:08

Biden calls on Hamas to 'prove' it wants ceasefire

US President Joe Biden has called on Hamas to prove it wants an end to the fighting in Gaza by accepting the ceasefire deal that was passed by the UN Security Council yesterday.

"The UN Security Council just adopted our resolution calling on Hamas to accept the deal to establish a ceasefire with the release of hostages," Mr Biden wrote on X.

"Hamas says it wants a ceasefire. This deal is an opportunity to prove they mean it."

Hamas released a statement welcoming the UN resolution shortly after it passed, saying it was ready to cooperate with mediators over implementing the plan's principles.

The deal - outlined by Mr 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.

It passed with 14 votes in favour and only Russia abstaining from the vote.

06:55:55

Four Israeli soldiers killed in Rafah explosion

Four Israeli soldiers have been killed in an explosion in southern Gaza, the military has said.

Army Radio reported they were killed in an explosion set off ina building in the Shabura neighbourhood of Rafah.

The Israel Defence Forces identified the men as Major Tal Peschilski (Shaolov), Sergeant Eitan Carlsbron, Sergeant Almog Shalom and Sergeant Yair Levin.

It said an officer and four soldiers in training were also injured in the blast.

Former prime minister of Israel Naftali Bennett shared a tribute to the fighters on X, saying: "The heart is torn by the loss, the life that will no longer be. May their memory be blessed."

06:12:06

Good morning

Welcome back to our live coverage on the Israel-Hamas war and the wider situation in the Middle East.

Last night the UN Security Council 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, while Russia abstained. No one voted against the resolution, which backs the three-phase proposal outlined by Joe Biden in May.

Hamas welcomed the move, saying it was ready to cooperate with mediators over implementing the plan's principles.

Before we bring you today's live updates, here's a round up of other news from the past day:

  • Antony Blinken arrived in the Middle East for his eighth trip to the region since the start of the war in hopes of building up support for the US-drafted ceasefire proposal;
  • He said Hamas was the "only outlier" in not accepting the three-phase peace proposal;
  • Our US partner network NBC News reported that Joe Biden administration officials had discussed potentially negotiating a unilateral deal with Hamas to secure the release of five Americans being held hostage in Gaza;
  • Israel said it "reprimanded" the Slovenian ambassador over her country's recognition of a Palestinian state;
  • Pro-Palestinian activists said they attacked 20 Barclays bank branches across England and Scotland as part of a campaign aimed at damaging Israel's war machine.

22:58:17

We're pausing our coverage

That brings an end to our live coverage for this evening.

Scroll back through the blog to catch up on the day's events.

22:45:01

Watch: Israeli police releases dramatic video of hostage rescue

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.

22:25:01

Blinken meets Israeli defence minister

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.

21:59:05

Four Palestinians killed in West Bank, health ministry claims

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.

21:39:13

Russia explains why it abstained from vote

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".

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