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US-drafted resolution on Israeli war on Gaza does not call for ceasefire: Report

General view of the Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question at the United Nations on October 18, 2023, in New York. (Photo by AFP)

The United States has submitted a draft for a UN Security Council resolution on Israel’s onslaught in Gaza without any mention of a ceasefire in it, a report says.

According to a document obtained by Russia’s TASS news agency, the US-drafted resolution condemned the Hamas resistance groups Operation Al-Aqsa Storm, urged the release of war prisoners, and supported Israel’s so-called right to defend itself. However, it does not stipulate a call for a ceasefire.

It also calls for the full respect of international humanitarian law, including the protection of civilians, and recognizes the efforts of Qatar and other countries that led to the release of two Israelis on October 20, who had been kept as war prisoners by Hamas.

The United States on October 18 vetoed Brazil’s draft resolution on the Middle East. Russia abstained from voting in light of the UN Security Council’s rejection of its suggested amendments to the document.

The UK also abstained, while the remaining 12 members of the UN Security Council voted in favor of the resolution.

On October 17, the UN Security Council did not adopt the Russia-drafted resolution on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as only five countries voted in favor.

The draft resolution called for an immediate ceasefire and also blamed the United States for the unfolding situation in the Middle East.

A UNSC resolution needs at least nine votes in favor and no vetoes by the US, Britain, France, China, or Russia. The United States has traditionally shielded its ally Israel from any Security Council action.

Till now, none of the draft resolutions have received enough votes to pass.

The Israeli regime began the war on Gaza on October 7 following Operation Al-Aqsa Storm launched by Hamas in response to the Israeli regime’s incessant campaign of bloodshed and destruction against Palestinian people.

The war has so far claimed the lives of at least 4,385 Palestinians, mostly women, children, and the elderly.

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