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The United States on Wednesday vetoed a UN Security Council resolution calling for a “humanitarian pause” in the raging conflict between Israel and Hamas because the text does not respect Israel’s right to defend itself, the United States said. American ambassador.
Twelve of the fifteen Council members voted in favor of Brazil’s resolution and negotiated for several days, while Russia and Britain abstained.
The United States was the only vote against, but as one of the body’s five permanent members, its vote counts as a veto.
“The United States is disappointed that this resolution does not mention Israel’s rights to self-defense,” US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield said after the vote.
The resolution states that the Council “strongly condemns all violence and hostilities against civilians and all acts of terrorism.”
It said the body “unequivocally rejects and condemns Hamas’ heinous terrorist attacks… and hostage-taking.”
The text also “urges all parties to fully comply with their obligations under international law.”
The vote comes after the Security Council on Monday rejected a Russian resolution condemning spiraling violence in the Middle East.
That resolution did not single out Hamas for its surprise attack on Israel on October 7, and it was rejected by the permanent members, the United States, the United Kingdom and France, as well as Japan.
The attack on Israel left at least 1,400 people dead and Hamas militants took 199 people hostage.
Israel has retaliated with airstrikes that health officials say have now claimed the lives of 3,478 people.
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