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U.N. Security Council Passes Watered-Down Gaza Aid Resolution Following U.S. Veto Threat

HeadlineDec 26, 2023

On Friday, the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution calling for more humanitarian aid to enter Gaza. Passage came only after the United States spent days threatening to veto the original draft, which called for an “urgent and sustainable cessation of hostilities.” Instead, the watered-down resolution passed Friday called for steps to “create the conditions for a sustainable cessation of hostilities.” Thirteen members voted in favor, while the United States abstained. In response, Amnesty International Secretary General Agnès Callamard said, “Nothing short of an immediate ceasefire is enough to alleviate the mass civilian suffering we are witnessing. … It is disgraceful that the U.S. was able to stall and use the threat of its veto power to force the U.N. Security Council to weaken a much-needed call for an immediate end to attacks by all parties.”

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