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US Faces Backlash for Vetoing Gaza Ceasefire Resolution at the United Nations

The U.S. is facing heavy backlash from the Palestinian Authority that governs the West Bank, and other global leaders and organizations after it vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution calling for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Israel’s War on Gaza.

The security council held an emergency meeting on Friday after U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres invoked Article 99, a rare move to force a vote on the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Gaza, where two million people have been displaced

The Gaza health ministry says 17,000 people have been killed under an Israeli campaign to eliminate the resistance group after the Oct. 7 Aqsa Flood Operation. 

The U.S. vetoed a resolution calling for a ceasefire put forward by the United Arab Emirates and backed by more than 90 Member States at a meeting in New York City. 

Compared to 13 council members’ votes in favor, the U.S. was the sole veto. The U.K. abstained. 

Earlier in the day, Wood told the council the U.S. wants a two-state solution, but doesn’t support an immediate ceasefire as “this would only plant the seeds for the next war.”

Palestinan-American activist Noura Erakat  said on X that “The US just vetoed an immediate humanitarian ceasefire. Again. This is the second veto against a #ceasefire the 45th veto the US has issued to protect Israel from accountability and/or an international resolution to Palestinian colonial domination.”

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