UN Security Council Fails to Agree on Gaza Ceasefire; US Plan Vetoed by Russia and China
UN Security Council Fails to Agree on Gaza Ceasefire; US Plan Vetoed by Russia and China

The United Nations Security Council tried to agree on a ceasefire in Gaza, but it failed because Russia and China vetoed the plan suggested by the United States.

The plan aimed to stop the fighting for about six weeks to protect civilians and allow aid to reach people in need.

Most council members supported the plan, but Russia and China didn't. They said the plan was biased and could allow Israel to attack Gaza more.

Instead, they proposed a different plan, but the U.S. said it wasn't good enough and could give Hamas an excuse to continue fighting.

The U.S. Secretary of State believes talks in Qatar could still lead to a ceasefire and the release of hostages held by both sides.

Now, a new plan drafted by other council members might be voted on soon. It calls for an immediate ceasefire during Ramadan and the release of hostages.

China criticized the U.S. plan, saying it favored Israel too much and didn't clearly oppose Israeli attacks on Gaza.

The U.S. has vetoed similar resolutions before, saying they could harm ceasefire talks.

The conflict between Israel and Hamas has caused many casualties, and the international community is trying to find a way to stop the violence and help those affected.

UN Fails to Pass Ceasefire Resolution for Gaza

  • The UN Security Council couldn't agree on a U.S.-proposed ceasefire in Gaza. Russia and China vetoed the resolution, which also involved a hostage deal. The U.S. stance on the conflict seems to be hardening, as they previously opposed such measures.
  • Failed U.S. Resolution
  • Called for a six-week ceasefire to protect civilians and allow aid deliveries.
  • Supported ongoing talks for a truce and hostage release.
  • Faced criticism for not explicitly condemning a potential Israeli attack on Rafah.
  • Russia and China's Objections
  • Claimed the resolution was biased and gave Israel a free hand in Rafah.
  • Supported an alternative resolution from non-permanent members, seen as more balanced.
  • U.S. Defends Position
  • Believes ongoing talks can still lead to an agreement.
  • Previously vetoed resolutions demanding an immediate ceasefire, fearing it would disrupt negotiations.
  • Wants any ceasefire linked to hostage release.
  • Background on the Conflict
  • The war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza has been ongoing for five months.
  • Hamas is accused of attacking Israel and taking hostages.
  • Israel's offensive has resulted in significant casualties on both sides.
  • The U.S. has traditionally protected Israel at the UN, but has shown some shift by abstaining on certain resolutions.

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