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Israel-Hamas war: US vetoes UN call for Gaza cease-fire


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Deutsche Welle

The US voted against a call for a cease-fire in Gaza at the UN Security Council. Arab countries pressed for an end to the fighting. Meanwhile, the EU added two Hamas commanders to its terrorist list. DW has the latest.

Dec. 8 2023

  • Of the Western permanent members, the US vetoed the resolution, France supported it, and the UK abstained
  • A cease-fire now would "only plant the seed for the next war," US maintains
  • UN chief says Hamas brutality does not justify the "collective punishment" of Palestinians
  • Arab nations press for immediate cessation of fighting
  • Israel's military claims to have found weapons and a tunnel at a university in Gaza

Israel, Hamas react to resolution's failure

Israel's Foreign Minister Eli Cohen thanked the US for its vote against a resolution calling for a humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza. 

"With gratitude to our ally, the US, for its support to continue the fight to bring the hostages home and to eliminate the Hamas terrorist organization, which will bring a better future to the region," Cohen wrote on Twitter.

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Meanwhile, senior Hamas official Izzat al-Rishq said in a statement the group, designated a terrorist organization by the US and others, strongly condemned the US veto.

"The US obstruction of the issuance of a cease-fire resolution is a direct participation with [Israel] in killing our people and committing more massacres and ethnic cleansing," he said.

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Dec 8, 2023
The U.S. vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution calling for an immediate cease-fire in the Gaza Strip. Israel and Hamas paused fighting for just over a week amid a hostage and prisoner exchange but the war has since resumed. LiveNOW's Andrew Craft spoke about the cease-fire resolution being vetoed by the U.S., and other developments in the Israel-Hamas war with former Marine Corps intelligence officer Hal Kempfer.
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