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U.S. vetoes UN resolution on Gaza ceasefire

U.S. vetoes UN resolution on Gaza ceasefire The United States vetoed a UN resolution on a ceasefire in Gaza (Photo: GettyImages)

The United States of America vetoed a UN Security Council resolution on an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in the war between Israel and Palestinian militants Hamas, according to Reuters.

The draft resolution, introduced by the United Arab Emirates, was supported by 13 members of the UN Security Council. The United Kingdom abstained and the United States vetoed it.

Robert Wood, the U.S. Deputy Ambassador to the UN, emphasized that resolving the conflict is not as simple as snapping fingers. The situation is exceedingly complicated, and their approach is focused on finding the most effective way to end the conflict swiftly, as he stated before the vote.

The United States and Israel oppose a cease-fire because they believe it would only benefit Hamas. Instead, Washington supports a pause in hostilities to protect civilians and allow for the release of hostages taken by militants during the October 7 attack on Israel.

The United States prefers its diplomacy to UN Security Council action to secure the release of more hostages and pressure Israel to better protect civilians in Gaza.

The war between Israel and Hamas

On October 7, Hamas militants invaded Israel. The terrorists began killing and kidnapping both military personnel and civilians. Soon after, Jerusalem announced Operation Iron Swords and bombed terrorist sites in the Gaza Strip.

On November 24, a temporary ceasefire began between Israel and Hamas for the release of prisoners. At the same time, the parties agreed to a four-day ceasefire but decided to extend it for another two days on the condition that the militants release more hostages.

On December 1, Israel resumed hostilities in Gaza. The Israel Defense Forces said Hamas had violated the terms of the cease-fire.

According to Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, Israel resumed fire after Hamas refused to release hostages, including two children.