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US vetoes UN Security Council's call for humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza

The United Nations General Assembly in October overwhelmingly approved a non-binding resolution calling for a ceasefire.

Published: December 8, 2023 5:08pm

The United States vetoed a demand from the United Nations Security Council for a humanitarian ceasefire in the Gaza Strip as the Israeli invasion progresses into the southern portion of the coastal territory.

"We do not support this resolution's call for an unsustainable ceasefire that will only plant the seeds for the next war," Deputy U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Robert Wood said Friday, according to Reuters. He further said the resolution was "divorced from reality, that would not move the needle forward on the ground in any concrete way."

The U.S. has largely supported Israel's military actions in the aftermath of an Oct. 7 Hamas raid that kicked off the ongoing hostilities. The episode saw terrorists storm Israeli border towns, take more than 200 hostages, and kill roughly 1,200 civilians.

The Israel Defense Forces have since entered the densely populated Gaza Strip in a bid to remove Hamas from power in a military action that has drawn intense international backlash due to the civilian death toll.

Israel and Hamas briefly agreed to a Qatar-brokered pause in the fighting in which Hamas would release its hostages in batches to prolong the pause, though Jerusalem has since resumed its offensive.

The United Nations General Assembly in October overwhelmingly approved a non-binding resolution calling for a ceasefire. The U.S. does not have veto authority over the UNGA.

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