Israel cancels Washington meeting after UN Gaza ceasefire vote

Israel cancels Washington meeting after UN Gaza ceasefire vote
# 26 March 2024 12:37 (UTC +04:00)

Israel has canceled a meeting in Washington after the US declined to veto a UN Security Council resolution calling for a ceasefire in Gaza, APA reports citing BBC.

The resolution, which also called for the release of all hostages, followed several failed attempts at similar measures since the 7 October attacks.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the US of having "abandoned" its previous policy.

Since the start of the conflict, the US has used its veto power to block three Security Council resolutions calling for pauses in the fighting or a ceasefire. Another two have been vetoed by both Russia and China.

On Monday, the US abstained on a resolution that called for an "immediate" ceasefire for the rest of the month of Ramadan - two weeks - and the "immediate and unconditional release of all hostages".

The 14 other members of the council, including the UK, voted in favor, meaning the resolution passed.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said publicly that a ground operation in Rafah risks killing more civilians and is "not the way" to defeat Hamas.

Following Monday's vote, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said the resolution "must be implemented" and that "failure would be unforgivable".