On Friday, the US vetoed a UN Security Council resolution calling for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza, saying it was “imbalanced” and “divorced from reality”, and that it failed to clearly condemn Hamas for its deadly 7 October attacks.
As one of five permanent council members, the US has the power to veto any resolution.
Washington’s position attracted widespread criticism, including from China, which described the US as “self-contradictory” by expressing concern for civilian lives, but refusing to support a draft for a ceasefire.
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