US vetoes UN call for ‘immediate’ ceasefire in Gaza

US vetoes UN call for ‘immediate’ ceasefire in Gaza

The United States has blocked a UN Security Council resolution that called for an immediate humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza, despite growing pressure from the Palestinians and other countries to end the Israeli-Hamas war that has killed more than 29,000 people since October
Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, casts a veto vote against an Algerian proposal calling for an immediate cease-fire in Gaza during a U.N. Security Council meeting in New York on Tuesday. (Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images)

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President Joe Biden said on Monday that Israel’s planned invasion of Rafah, a city in southern Gaza where more than one million Palestinians are sheltering, “should not proceed under current circumstances” and urged the UN to use its authority to halt the fighting.

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Biden also said he was working with a group of Middle East partners on a peace plan that would include a firm timeline for Palestinian statehood, according to The Washington Post1. The US has been Israel’s main ally in the region and has used its veto power to prevent any UN resolution that could challenge Israel’s security interests or support Palestinian rights.

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The UN Security Council failed to adopt a resolution on Tuesday that would have called for an immediate cessation of hostilities in Gaza and called for access to humanitarian aid and medical assistance to the affected population3. The resolution was supported by 14 countries, including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey, but vetoed by the US and Russia, who are both allies of Israel.
The Gaza conflict has sparked international concern over the humanitarian crisis in the enclave, where more than two million people live under constant threat of Israeli airstrikes and rocket attacks from Hamas, the Islamist militant group that controls Gaza. The World Health Organization said on Sunday that Nasser Hospital, a key health facility in Gaza, was “not functional anymore” due to power outages and damage from Israeli raids1. At least 69 people have been killed and more than 400 injured since the war began


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