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UN Security Council nations agree to immediate Gaza cease fire, US can but doesn't nix resolution

The U.S. abstained its vote and did not veto.

Published: March 25, 2024 11:39am

Updated: March 25, 2024 4:43pm

The U.N. Security Council on Monday passed a resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

The United States is one of five so-called "permanent" members of the 15-member council. And a "no" vote by any one of five could have blocked the passage of the resolution. However, the U.S. abstaining from voting, so the resolution passed 14-0, according to Axios.

Israel declared war on the Palestinian-affiliated Hamas after Hamas launched a deadly terror attack in October 2023.

The U.S. previously vetoed similar resolutions calling for a ceasefire.

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