Palestinian Officials Condemn US Veto of UN Ceasefire Resolution in Gaza

Palestinian officials have strongly criticized the United States for exercising its power of veto to block a UN Security Council resolution that called for an urgent humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza. The move has been described as "disastrous" and "a disgrace" by Palestinian authorities.

Iran (IMNA) - Hamas, the resistance movement based in Gaza, has also expressed its outrage at the US decision, stating that it clearly demonstrates Washington's direct involvement in Israel's brutal actions against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

In a statement, Izzat al-Risheq, a member of Hamas' political bureau, labeled the US veto of the resolution as "unethical and inhumane," highlighting the negative impact it will have on the already dire humanitarian situation in Gaza.

"Washington's decision to reject the draft resolution indicates its active involvement and direct collaboration with the Israeli government in the ongoing violence, which has resulted in the loss of numerous lives and the perpetuation of ethnic cleansing," stated al-Risheq. Palestinian Ambassador to the United Nations, Riyad Mansour, expressed deep disappointment and frustration with the UN Security Council's failure to pass a resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. He described it as "unfortunate" and "catastrophic." Mansour questioned the justification for granting the perpetrators of these crimes more time to continue their brutal actions, asking how the slaughter of an entire population could ever be justified."

Mansour stressed the urgent need for a ceasefire, emphasizing the alarming loss of lives and unprecedented casualties in recent times. The United Arab Emirates' draft resolution garnered support from thirteen Security Council members, while Britain opted to abstain from voting. The decision to vote came shortly after UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres formally notified the 15-member council about the global ramifications of the Israeli military campaign in Gaza. The United States and Israel remain opposed to a ceasefire, citing concerns that it would primarily benefit Hamas.

Israel initiated a military offensive against Gaza on October 7. This action was prompted by the Palestinian resistance movements' unexpected Operation al-Aqsa Storm, which was carried out in response to Israel's prolonged and destructive treatment of Palestinians. Tragically, the Israeli aggression has resulted in the loss of numerous lives, with at least 17,177 Palestinians, primarily women and children, reported dead. Additionally, over 46,000 individuals have sustained injuries.

Palestinian Officials Condemn US Veto of UN Ceasefire Resolution in Gaza

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