Breaking: UN Urges Ceasefire in Gaza during Ramadan and Release of Abductees, With US Abstention from Vetoing

Joe Biden criticized from all sides over UN ceasefire resolution in Gaza

A ceasefire in Gaza is urgently needed during Ramadan and the release of all abductees, as urged by a resolution passed by the Security Council. The decision was supported by 14 countries, with the United States abstaining from voting and refraining from using its veto power. The UN Security Council emphasized the urgent need for increased aid to Gaza and called for the removal of any obstacles hindering its transfer.

Before the vote on the resolution, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Israel that he would cancel their trip to Washington if the US did not veto a ceasefire resolution that included the release of hostages. However, Netanyahu did not inform President Biden of the delegation’s cancellation. In response to the Security Council’s decision, Netanyahu criticized the United States for deviating from its previous stance linking a ceasefire to the release of abductees, highlighting a perceived inconsistency in US policy.

White House spokesman John Kirby clarified that the lack of a US veto on the resolution did not signal a shift in policy. He emphasized that tying a ceasefire to the release of hostages is still important but explained that abstaining from vetoing was done to facilitate progress on hostage negotiations and aid delivery to Gaza. Defense Minister Gallant is scheduled to meet with National Security Adviser Sullivan at the White House to discuss plans for Operation Rafah and ongoing efforts to secure hostage releases.

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