‘Operation Al-Aqsa Flood’ Day 138: U.S. Vetoes Another UN Resolution Calling for Ceasefire in Gaza – Mustafa Abu Sneineh 2/21/24

Source: Mondoweiss.net

The U.S. vetoed another resolution in the UN Security Council calling for a Gaza ceasefire as the WHO evacuates 32 critical patients from besieged Nasser Hospital, and the World Food Program is forced to suspend distribution amid mounting famine.


  • 29,313+ killed* and at least 69,333 wounded in the Gaza Strip.
  • 380+ Palestinians killed in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem
  • Israel revises its estimated October 7 death toll down from 1,400 to 1,147.
  • 576 Israeli soldiers killed since October 7, and at least 3,221 injured.**

*This figure was confirmed by Gaza’s Ministry of Health on Telegram channel. Some rights groups put the death toll number at more than 36,500 when accounting for those presumed dead.

** This figure is released by the Israeli military, showing the soldiers whose names “were allowed to be published.”

Key Developments

  • For a fourth time. U.S. vetoes UN Security Council resolution calling for immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza Strip.
  • Saudi foreign ministry says, “There is a need now more than ever to reform the Security Council to carry out its responsibilities in maintaining international peace and security with credibility and without double standards.”
  • Israel’s Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich says returning captives was “not the most important thing” as Netanyahu’s government is focused on destroying Hamas.
  • WHO says it led two rescue missions in past days, evacuating 32 critical patients from Nasser Hospital.
  • At least 130 patients and 15 doctors and nurses remain inside Nasser Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU), which is no longer functioning
  • PRCS says Israel blocked eight attempts to deliver food and medical supplies to Al-Amal Hospital, which is at risk of running out of fuel and drinking water.
  • World Food Programme says it is pausing supplies to north Gaza. WFP director says, “famine doesn’t have to happen. But if things don’t change, it will.”
  • Israeli forces kill Aaref Marwan Aaref, 26, from Qalqilya town.
  • Khaled Al-Shawish, 53, from Al-Fara’a refugee camp dies inside Israeli jail.

U.S. veto in Security Council “implies an endorsement of the brutal violence and collective punishment

The U.S. vetoed an Arab-backed resolution in the UN Security Council on Tuesday, which called for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.

This is the fourth time Washington has used its power to block the Security Council from bringing an end to the Israeli war on Gaza since October.

The resolution was put to vote by Algeria despite the U.S. being expected to strike it down….

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