BREAKING: Russia stops UN Security Council almost unanimous move against Hamas in favour of Israel
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) convened a closed-door emergency session during the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, with the objective of reaching a consensus on a joint statement.
This session did not succeed in achieving the unanimity in a statement in favour of Israel due to divisions among the council members. Specifically, Russia's stance differed from that of the other UNSC members, as Russia called upon the forum to prioritize the implementation of a previous resolution concerning the Palestinian situation.
Since the initiation of hostilities, the conflict has inflicted a devastating toll, with over 1,100 lives already lost. This crisis was sparked when Hamas, the Palestinian group controlling the blockaded Gaza Strip, launched a fierce assault on Israeli towns, leading to the abduction of hundreds of individuals. Israel, in response, declared a state of war and unleashed a barrage of attacks on densely-populated areas in Gaza, resulting in the tragic loss of hundreds of lives.
Following the UNSC session, a senior US diplomat addressed the media and noted that while a considerable number of nations denounced the actions of Hamas, a unanimous stance remained elusive. The Russian representative at the UN expressed Moscow's commitment to immediately halt the conflict and establish a ceasefire, emphasizing the importance of meaningful negotiations to resolve underlying issues.
In parallel, U.S. President Joe Biden responded by ordering additional support for Israel to confront what he termed an "unprecedented terrorist assault by Hamas." Tragically, this conflict has already claimed the lives of at least four U.S. citizens, as confirmed by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, who acknowledged that the death toll was likely to rise further. This dire situation underscores the complexity and gravity of the ongoing crisis in the region.