June 17, 2024
US Vetoes Another UN Security Council Resolution Urging Gaza War Ceasefire
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US Vetoes Another UN Security Council Resolution Urging Gaza War Ceasefire

The United States has vetoed another United Nations Security Council draft resolution on Israel’s war on Gaza, blocking a demand for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

Arab nations, led by Algeria, put the draft resolution to a vote on Tuesday with the expectation that it would not pass after the US, Israel’s key ally, had warned it would not back the text and proposed a rival draft instead.

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The US was the only country to vote against the draft text while the United Kingdom abstained. The UN Security Council’s 13 other member countries voted in favour of the text demanding a halt to the war that has killed more than 29,000 people in Gaza, according to Palestinian authorities, and displaced more than 80 percent of the population.

For a UN Security Council resolution to be adopted, it requires at least nine votes in favour, and no vetoes by any of the five permanent members, namely the US, UK, France, Russia or China.

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