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Russia, China vetoes US-led Gaza ceasefire resolution

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations accused Russia and China of not voting in favor of it only because the United States presented it.

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Russia, China vetoes US-led Gaza ceasefire resolution

WASHINGTON, March 23: China and Russia have vetoed a US-led resolution calling for a ceasefire and the release of hostages held by Hamas and the Israeli government.

11 out of 15 members voted in favor of the resolution, but it was rejected after China and Russia vetoed it.

Reuters reported that the council will meet again on Monday to come up with an alternative resolution to be drafted by elected council members.

A vote on the resolution was expected on Saturday but has now been postponed as discussions and consultations are still ongoing, a diplomat told Reuters.

A copy of the draft reviewed by Reuters included a ceasefire during the holy month of Ramadan, the release of prisoners and the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza.

All members voted in favor of the treaty, but unfortunately, Russia and China vetoed it, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas Greenfeld told the Security Council.

She accused Russia and China of not voting in favor of it only because the United States presented it and also criticized the two countries, saying that neither of them condemned the 7 October assault launched by Hamas.

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