A United Nations resolution to demand a ceasefire in Gaza has been rejected after it was vetoed by the US.
An emergency meeting of the United Nation’s Security Council was called after its secretary-general, Antonio Guterres, invoked Article 99 of the UN Charter for the first time since 1971.
Mr Guterres warned the council Gaza was at “breaking point” and desperate people are at serious risk of starvation.
He added the UN believes it will result in “a complete breakdown of public order and increased pressure for mass displacement into Egypt”.
However, the US had made clear it was against a ceasefire in the region, warning it would leave Hamas in charge of the territory still holding more than 100 hostages.
Deputy ambassador Robert Wood said the US does not believe it would lead to “durable peace, in which both Israelis and Palestinians can live in peace and security” because Hamas would remain in charge.
He said a ceasefire would “plant the seeds for the next war… because Hamas has no desire to see durable peace, to see a two-state solution”.
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