Israel cancels Washington meeting following UN Gaza ceasefire vote.

Israel cancels Washington meeting after US doesn’t veto UN Gaza ceasefire resolution.

The resolution, which also demanded the release of all captives, came after multiple failed attempts to enact similar legislation since the bombings on October 7.

Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel, charged that the United States had “abandoned” its prior strategy.

Meanwhile, Israel and Hamas are engaged in fierce combat in Gaza.

Following appeals for rapid action to prevent a famine in Gaza, the UN Security Council adopted its first resolution requiring an immediate ceasefire.

The US has blocked three Security Council resolutions requesting ceasefires or combat pauses since the crisis began by using its veto power. China and Russia have both blocked two further ones.

On Monday, the US did not vote in favor of a resolution that demanded the “immediate and unconditional release of all hostages” and a “immediate” ceasefire for the remaining two weeks of Ramadan.

The resolution was passed because the other 14 council members—including the UK—voted in favor of it.

While Washington has taken an increasingly tougher stance on Israel it insisted its abstention did not mark a shift in policy.

But Mr Netanyahu said the UN resolution did not make the demand for a ceasefire conditional on the release of the hostages, as the US and Israel had both argued it should. Israel believes Hamas and its allies are still holding about 130 hostages in Gaza, including 33 presumed dead.

“Today’s resolution gives Hamas hope that international pressure will force Israel to accept a ceasefire without the release of our hostages, thus harming both the war effort and the effort to release the hostages,” Mr Netanyahu’s office said in a statement.

The British government declared early on Tuesday that it had successfully launched its first food airdrop into Gaza.

Ten tonnes of supplies, including water, rice, cooking oil, flour, canned foods, and infant formula, were reportedly dropped by the Royal Air Force.

Additionally, it reiterated demands that Israel open additional land borders into the region and permit more supplies to enter through Gaza’s ports.

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