US UN Veto of Gaza Ceasefire Resolution Draws Criticism

The US has vetoed a UN Security Council resolution calling for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza.

For a resolution to be adopted by the Security Council, it must be supported by at least nine member states.

Here, the US representative in the UN Security Council, Robert A. Wood, votes against an immediate ceasefire.


In addition, it is required that none of the five veto powers – the United States, Russia, China, France and the United Kingdom – cast a veto.

Thus, there will be no ceasefire in Gaza, despite the fact that UN chief António Guterres used his most powerful tool as Secretary-General – Article 99 of the UN Charter

Before the vote on Friday, the United States said it opposes a ceasefire because it does not believe Hamas is willing to accept a two-state solution.

With that, the United States, Israel’s main military and political backer, continues to protect Israel from any action in the Security Council.

“Tragic” says Eide about the US veto

Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide takes a hard line against the US blockade:

– It is tragic that the Security Council is unable to agree on a humanitarian ceasefire, says Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide (Ap) to NTB. Norway has given support to a resolution on an immediate ceasefire.

US Foreign Minister Antony Blinken (L) and Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide during the NATO foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels.


The Security Council’s lack of action and vetoes from member states, especially the United States, have made them complicit in the Gaza war, says Doctors Without Borders (MSF).

– Until now, the paralysis of action in the UN Security Council and vetoes from member states, especially the United States, have made them complicit in the ongoing massacre, says a statement from Doctors Without Borders:

– This paralysis of action has opened the way for mass murder of men, women and children.

Facts about the victims of the war between Israel and Hamas

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* Since 7 October, over 19,000 people have been killed in Gaza, Israel and the occupied West Bank.

* According to the Hamas-controlled authorities in the Gaza Strip, at least 17,487 people have been killed in Israeli attacks.

* Among those killed are over 7,100 children and almost 5,000 women. Over 46,000 are injured.

* Several thousand are missing in Gaza and are feared to be buried under the ruins of bombed buildings.

* At least 63 journalists and media workers have been killed in the Gaza Strip. 130 UN employees have been killed.

* 267 Palestinians have been killed in attacks by Israeli soldiers and settlers in the West Bank, at least 67 of them children. Over 3,300 have been injured in such attacks.

* At least 1,268 Israelis have been killed and around 5,500 wounded in Israel, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank since 7 October.

* Among those killed are 823 civilians, 33 of them children, 386 soldiers and 59 police officers. 94 Israeli soldiers have been killed in fighting in the Gaza Strip.

* The Israeli army leadership claims to have killed around 5,000 Hamas fighters during the war. According to Israel, up to 1,500 of them were killed during the attack on 7 October.

* Over 1.9 million Palestinians have been displaced from their homes in the Gaza Strip, where over 2.2 million people live.

* About. 250,000 Israelis have been evacuated from cities and kibbutzim near the border with Gaza, as well as from villages near the border with Lebanon.

* Hamas and Islamic holy war (Jihad) took close to 250 Israeli and foreign hostages during the attack on October 7, but 108 have since been released. Several hostages are said to have been killed in Israeli attacks.

Source: UN Office for Emergency Relief (OCHA), Palestinian Authority in Gaza and the West Bank, Haaretz, The Times of Israel, CNN, NTB

At least 17,487 killed

On Friday, at least 10 were killed in an attack on the town of Khan Younis, in southern Gaza. According to the report, the attack was aimed at a family home Al Jazeera.

Hamas-controlled health authorities in Gaza report at least 17,487 Palestinians killed. The death toll should probably be that precise, say sources in the Israeli army to, among other things CNN, Ap and AFP.

The US Secretary of State acknowledged on Thursday that there is a “gap” between Israel’s “intention to protect civilians and the actual results we see on the ground”.

Over 46,000 Palestinians have been wounded in Israeli attacks since the war broke out, and 70 percent of those killed are women and children, according to the ministry in Gaza. The UN has stated that more than 80 percent of the population of 2.2 million people, half of them children, have been forcibly displaced.

An injured man is taken to hospital after an Israeli attack.


Since the ceasefire ended last week, Israel has expanded its ground offensive in the war against Hamas, and sharply stepped up its attacks in the south of the Gaza Strip.

“Every day we lose tens of wounded due to lack of treatment and delays in getting them out of Gaza,” Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qedra said when announcing the new figure

– A week ago he was at home

Benjamin Netanyahu’s war cabinet also now feels the human suffering of the war against Hamas. The son of former army chief and now government member, Gadi Eisenkot, has been killed in Gaza.

– Gal (the son, editor’s note): I am sure that we will continue this campaign and our effort to strengthen the country you loved, says Minister Gadi Eisenkot.

Benjamin Netanyahu at the funeral of Gal Meir Eisenkot, who was the son of a minister friend in Netanyahu’s government.


The 25-year-old soldier stepped on a mine in one of Hamas’ tunnels in Gaza.

– A week ago he was at home, It was during the ceasefire and he was very happy to see and hear that his fighting efforts had led to the release of the hostages, said a tearful father and minister in his eulogy.

Soldiers Gal Meir Eisenkot.

Photo: Håvard Greger Hagen / NRK

Around him are his wife and daughters. They hold each other and cry inconsolably.

Thousands had turned out to show their support for the family and for the Israeli government.

Many were soldiers who participated in the war in Gaza together with the 25-year-old. Israel’s Prime Minister and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant was also present at the funeral. Since the ground invasion began, 89 Israeli soldiers have been killed, according to the authorities.

Consequences in the Israeli government

Noam is a special soldier and was a friend of Gal. Both were called up for service before Israel launched its ground invasion.

– I was at the funeral of another friend who also fell on the same day as Gal. The pain is the same. It is deep and painful. But the country is in a national crisis, he tells NRK in Tel Aviv.

The picture is from the funeral of the 25-year-old soldier Gal Meir Eisenkot.


Among the many who were present at the funeral was Defense Minister Yoav Gallant. His face is grave as a result of the loss of his colleague’s son.

2023-12-08 22:03:21
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