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Gaza bombing overshadows Cop28 summit in Dubai

ISRAEL’S resumed bombing of Gaza cast a shadow over Cop28 talks in Dubai toay, with multiple leaders condemning the war on Palestine.

King Abdullah of Jordan said “climate threats magnify the devastation of war ... let’s be inclusive of the most vulnerable Palestinians severely impacted by the war.”

Palestinian Authority delegation member Hadeel Ikhmais said the world summit ignoring the war made no sense: “We’re negotiating for what, in the middle of a genocide?” she asked.

Israel’s President Isaac Herzog had been due to speak, but left without doing so, with observers speculating it was for fear of a withering response. Colombian President Gustavo Petro in his address slammed the “genocide and barbarism unleashed on the Palestinian people” by Israel.

UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres also mentioned the “bombs [that] are sounding again in Gaza,” but did not directly criticise Israel, focusing his speech on the need to “phase out” fossil fuels rather than merely reduce their use.

“Earth’s vital signs are failing,” he warned assembled leaders.

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