US blocks Friday UN Security Council meeting on Gaza, Israel

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US blocks Friday UN Security Council meeting on Gaza, Israel

*WASHINGTON, May 14:* The US blocked a public virtual meeting of the UN Security Council to address the escalating conflict in the Gaza Strip and Israel, diplomats familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

The open meeting was requested by China, Tunisia and Norway to be held Friday, but the US said “an open meeting tomorrow will not support these de-escalatory efforts,” diplomats told Anadolu Agency.

Instead, the US proposed an open debate on Tuesday, according to the diplomats who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The US blocked a Security Council statement on Wednesday regarding the spiraling violence as Israel continues to pound densely-populated Gaza with airstrikes amid continued rocket attacks from Palestinian groups.

The nixed statement followed a second council briefing from UN Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Peace Tor Wennesland.

It “expressed deep concern about the latest situation in Gaza, and called for an immediate cessati

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