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UN Security Council Delays Gaza Aid Vote Amid Controversy Over Resolution

The UN Security Council’s vote on a revised resolution for delivering aid to Gaza has been postponed to December 22, following significant changes that sparked debates among member countries. The United States supports the watered-down text, while others advocate for a stronger version that includes a call for the urgent suspension of hostilities between Israel and Hamas, a provision removed in the revised draft.

U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield defended the resolution, emphasizing its strength, but critics argue that the removal of the call for urgent hostilities suspension weakens its impact. The new draft also alters language on aid deliveries, shifting from UN-exclusive monitoring to appointing a coordinator for humanitarian and reconstruction efforts.

The resolution aims to address the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza, where the UN warns of a potential catastrophe with widespread food shortages and a collapsing support system.