United Nations, United States — The United States on Friday vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that would have called for an immediate ceasefire in the intense fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. “This resolution still contains a call for an unconditional ceasefire… it would leave Hamas in place able to repeat what it did on October 7,” Wood said. ADVERTISEMENTGuterres had convened an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council after weeks of fighting left more than 17,487 people dead in Gaza, mostly women and children, according to the latest toll from the health ministry in Hamas-run Gaza. “Regrettably… this council is unable to demand a humanitarian ceasefire.”As a permanent Security Council member, Washington can veto any resolution, while Britain, also a member, abstained on the vote, and the 13 other members voted in favor. Guterres had sought a “humanitarian ceasefire” to prevent “a catastrophe with potentially irreversible implications for Palestinians” and the entire Middle East.
Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer December 09, 2023 16:26 UTC