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The United Nations Security Council, set to vote on a resolution for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas conflict, has faced a potential setback with the United States expressing its opposition.

Deputy US Ambassador to the UN, Robert Wood, stated to the council, “This would only plant the seeds for the next war – because Hamas has no desire to see a durable peace.”

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The vote, proposed by the United Arab Emirates, was postponed to 5:30 p.m. (2230 GMT) Friday, coinciding with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s meetings in Washington with representatives from various Middle Eastern countries and the Palestinian Authority. The resolution demands an immediate ceasefire, protection of civilian populations, and the unconditional release of all hostages, along with ensuring humanitarian access.

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Deputy UAE Ambassador to the UN, Mohamed Abushahab, emphasized the global calls to end the violence, saying, “Today this council will vote, it will have an opportunity to respond to the deafening calls across the world to bring this violence to an end.” Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, speaking in Washington, warned of the implications of the Security Council’s failure to adopt the resolution, stating, “it is giving Israel a license to continue with its massacre of Palestinians in Gaza.”

This comes as the US has sought the council’s condemnation of the Hamas attack on October 7, which Israel reports resulted in 1,200 deaths and the capture of 240 people. Wood criticized the council’s inaction as a “serious moral failure.” Israel’s retaliation in Gaza has included air bombardments, a siege, and a ground offensive, leading to over 17,480 reported deaths and displacing the majority of Gaza’s 2.3 million residents.


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