The United Nations Security Council has postponed for the fourth time in a row a vote on a resolution to call for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip to allow the passage of humanitarian aid, promoted by the United Arab Emirates, and which the United States has blocked for containing references to the violation of International Humanitarian Law or attacks ” “indiscriminate attacks” against civilians.
The decision was made after “intense negotiations behind closed doors” by representatives of several countries, which have carried out several reforms in the Abu Dhabi text that called for an “urgent suspension” of hostilities that would allow access safe and unimpeded humanitarian aid for Palestinians in Gaza.
After the meetings, the United States representative to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, declared that her country was ready to vote on a draft resolution, if the commitments reached remained in the latest draft. As the DPA news agency has learned, several countries have been absent to consult the modifications with their governments, while Some Council members have expressed discontent with the “watered down” text.
The United States, which has the right to veto and has previously prevented resolutions of this type, has pressed for the elimination of several points from the document, including a condemnation of “all” violations of International Humanitarian Law or “indiscriminate” attacks. against civilians, in order to avoid failure.
The vote requires at least nine votes in favor of a total of fifteen members, however, it is also necessary that none of the five countries that have veto power – the United States, China, Russia, the United Kingdom and France – oppose it.
While the international community negotiates the resolution, the authorities of the Strip have put the death toll at 20,000, including 8,000 children, due to the Israeli Army’s attacks against the enclave following the attacks carried out on October 7 by the Islamic Resistance Movement ( Hamas). Added to this figure are some 300 deaths at the hands of Israeli soldiers and settlers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.