IP- US vetoes UN Security Council resolution urging an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza, hours after UN chief said: “It is time to act”.

Iran PressAmerica: Palestinian envoy to UN decries resolution’s failure as “disastrous”, says Israel’s continued war on Gaza will lead to more atrocities, killings, and destruction.

Thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters took to the streets of Lower Manhattan on Friday afternoon for what was billed as a “Shut Down Wall Street” event, just as the United States vetoed the resolution at the UNSC.

Protesters rallied in front of several prominent city landmarks in Lower Manhattan, including City Hall and Wall Street, chanting, “Free Palestine,” calling for an end to the United States’ financial support of Israel and denouncing the U.S. veto.

“I think it’s appalling that the U.S. vetoed a cease-fire,” said Kyle Turner, 29, who was protesting at Wall Street. “This is a humanitarian crisis, and the fact that this is still a third-rail issue for so many people is astonishing and heartbreaking.”

The resolution, which was submitted by the United Arab Emirates, had broad backing from the U.N.’s secretary general and most members of the Security Council because of concerns over the growing humanitarian catastrophe in the Gaza Strip, where health authorities say more than 15,000 people have been killed in two months of the war with Israel. 

Friday’s demonstration was organized by the activist organizations the People’s Forum and Al Awda.


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