ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 144

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US vetoes UN Security Council resolution calling for immediate ceasefire in Gaza

A general view shows a UN Security Council meeting on Gaza, at UN headquarters in New York City, on December 8, 2023. (Yuki Iwamura/AFP)
A general view shows a UN Security Council meeting on Gaza, at UN headquarters in New York City, on December 8, 2023. (Yuki Iwamura/AFP)

The United States exercises its veto at the UN Security Council to block a resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

Thirteen members of the council vote in favor of the motion, while the United Kingdom abstains.

The US deputy representative at the UN, Robert Wood, says the resolution is “divorced from reality” and “would have not moved the needle forward on the ground.”

The Arab-backed measure, which was slammed by Israel, described the humanitarian situation in Gaza as “catastrophic.” It called for the protection of civilians, the immediate and unconditional release of all the hostages Hamas is still holding, and humanitarian access to the Gaza Strip.

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