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U.S. Vetoes U.N. Resolution Condemning Violence in Israel-Hamas Conflict

New York - In a move that has drawn international attention and scrutiny, the United States has exercised its veto power at the United Nations Security Council to block a resolution that aimed to condemn violence against civilians in the Israel-Hamas conflict. The resolution, sponsored by Brazil, called for the condemnation of all acts of violence, including what it described as "heinous terrorist attacks by Hamas" against Israel. Additionally, the resolution sought to promote humanitarian aid to Palestinians in Gaza.

The vote took place on Wednesday, where twelve out of the 15 Security Council members voted in favor of the resolution. However, the United States, a permanent member of the Security Council, cast its veto, preventing the resolution from passing. Notably, Russia and the United Kingdom chose to abstain from voting.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, explained the U.S. decision following the vote. She revealed that President Joe Biden is currently in the region, engaging in diplomatic efforts to achieve multiple key objectives. These objectives include securing the release of hostages, preventing the escalation of the conflict, and emphasizing the critical need to protect civilians on both sides of the conflict.

The vote and subsequent U.S. veto reflect the complex dynamics of the Israel-Hamas conflict, which has been a long-standing and deeply entrenched issue in the Middle East. The U.S. action has generated mixed reactions from the international community, with some expressing concern over the perceived lack of support for the Palestinian population in Gaza, while others stress the importance of addressing security concerns in the region.

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