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INTERNATIONAL

Israeli Onslaught Continues: US Again Vetoes UNSC Ceasefire Call In Gaza

The United States has again vetoed a draft United Nations Security Council Resolution on Israel's war on Gaza, blocking a demand for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire as it instead pushes the 15-member body to call for a temporary ceasefire linked to the release of hostages held by Hamas.

Thirteen Council members voted in favour of the Algerian-drafted text, while Britain abstained. It was the third such U.S. veto since the start of the current fighting on October.

Algeria's UN Ambassador Amar Bendjama told the Council before the vote said a vote in favour of this draft resolution is support to the Palestinians' right to life.

He said that voting against it implies an endorsement of the brutal violence and collective punishment inflicted upon them.

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield signalled on Saturday that the U.S. would veto the draft Resolution over concerns it could jeopardise talks between the US, Egypt, Israel and Qatar that seek to broker a pause in the war and the release of hostages held by Hamas in Gaza.