The United States has vetoed an Arab-backed U.N. resolution on Tuesday, calling for an immediate humanitarian cease-fire in the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Security Council Vote and Global Support

The vote within the 15-member Security Council resulted in a 13-1 outcome, with the United Kingdom choosing to abstain. This vote showcases broad global support for putting an end to the over four-month-long war. The conflict began when Hamas launched a surprise invasion of southern Israel, resulting in the deaths of approximately 1,200 individuals and the abduction of 250 others. Since then, over 29,000 Palestinians have lost their lives in Israel's military actions as reported by the Gaza Health Ministry. While the Ministry does not differentiate between civilians and combatants, it notes that the majority of casualties are women and children.

U.S. Veto and Alternative Resolution Proposal

This marked the third time the United States has vetoed a Security Council resolution calling for a cease-fire in Gaza. The Biden administration clarified its decision to veto this resolution, citing concerns that it could impede negotiations aimed at securing a temporary cessation of hostilities for at least six weeks and the release of all hostages.

Surprisingly, ahead of the vote, the United States circulated its own draft U.N. Security Council resolution. This alternative proposal advocates for a temporary cease-fire in Gaza, contingent upon the release of all hostages, and urges the removal of restrictions on the delivery of humanitarian aid. The draft resolution obtained by The Associated Press emphasizes that these actions would contribute to establishing conditions conducive to a sustainable halt in hostilities.

Deputy ambassador Robert Wood expressed to several reporters that the Arab-backed resolution lacks effectiveness in achieving the objectives sought by the United States. The primary goals include securing the release of hostages, increasing humanitarian aid delivery, and initiating an extended pause in the conflict.

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