US to Veto Latest UN Call for Gaza Ceasefire

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The United Nations Security Council is poised to vote on a resolution Tuesday demanding an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, despite a promised veto by the United States. Algeria, representing Arab nations on the council, submitted the urgent resolution before the international body. Egypt is strongly backing the ceasefire call. Concerns in Cairo are particularly high amidst growing fears of an intensification of Israeli ground operations, especially those near Rafah in southern Gaza. An escalation there could further worsen the catastrophic humanitarian plight of Gaza’s Palestinian population, said Egypt’s Foreign Ministry. The latest draft resolution to be voted upon in the United Nations Security Council echoes growing demands, voiced repeatedly by Arab countries in the United Nations, for a ceasefire as Israel’s offensive enters its fifth month. The draft insists on “scrupulous” observance of international law governing the protection of civilians as the death toll in Gaza quickly climbs past 28,000 killed. The resolution also calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Israelis held by Hamas and other factions in Gaza. US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield asserted America’s opposition to the draft, arguing it could undermine existing ceasefire efforts. A multi-nation…

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