Israel ramps up strikes as US blocks ceasefire demand

By Bassam Masoud and Nidal Al-Mughrabi
Updated December 9 2023 - 10:25pm, first published 10:20pm
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has decried a "spiralling humanitarian nightmare" in Gaza. (AP PHOTO)
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has decried a "spiralling humanitarian nightmare" in Gaza. (AP PHOTO)

Israel has pounded the Gaza Strip from north to south in an expanded phase of its two-month-old war against Hamas after the United States wielded its United Nations Security Council veto to shield its ally from a global demand for a ceasefire.

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