A US senator tries to open a debate on Gaza’s ‘humanitarian disaster’

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders on Friday introduced a draft resolution calling on President Joe Biden’s administration to submit a report and discussion on Israel’s bombing of Gaza, noting the severe toll on civilians.

Independent Senator Sanders sought to spark debate over a provision in the U.S. Foreign Assistance Act that bans security assistance to any government that “persistently and grossly violates internationally recognized human rights” and allows Congress to vote to require regulations on a country’s human rights Report on practice.

If the draft resolution requesting information is approved, the U.S. State Department must submit a report within 30 days, otherwise it will cut off all security assistance to the country concerned.

But it’s unclear how much support such a draft resolution might gain because U.S. lawmakers, both Democratic and Republican, have agreed for years to provide substantial military aid to Israel without significant restrictions.

Sanders’ draft resolution recognized Israel’s right to respond to the October 7 attack by Hamas militants, but expressed regret for the suffering in Gaza.

“This was a humanitarian disaster created with bombs and American money. We need to face that fact, and then we need to end our complicity in these operations,” Sanders said in a statement.

Nearly 19,000 people have been confirmed dead as a result of ongoing Israeli bombardment that has devastated much of the Gaza Strip, according to Palestinian health officials.

Washington has been urging Israel for weeks to do more to reduce civilian casualties as global outrage grows over the growing humanitarian disaster.

On October 7, Hamas militants attacked Israeli areas, killing 1,200 people and taking 240 hostages. After that, Israel promised to destroy Hamas.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government says Hamas is using civilians as human shields, something the movement denies, but allies and opponents alike say Israel has done little to protect those not involved in the fighting .

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