Rus­sia and Chi­na veto US-backed UN res­o­lu­tion on Gaza cease­fire

Rus­sia and Chi­na vetoed a U.S.-backed Unit­ed Nations Secu­ri­ty Coun­cil res­o­lu­tion that called for an “imme­di­ate and sus­tained cease­fire” in Gaza on Fri­day.
Eleven coun­tries vot­ed in favor of the res­o­lu­tion on Fri­day morn­ing, while those two, along with Alge­ria, vot­ed against it, and there was one absten­tion. This was the fourth attempt by the Secu­ri­ty Coun­cil to pass a res­o­lu­tion call­ing for a cease­fire, and the Unit­ed States didn’t sup­port any of the first three, none of which passed.
This iter­a­tion of the res­o­lu­tion includ­ed calls for a hostage deal and con­dem­na­tion of Hamas, which car­ried out the Oct. 7 ter­ror­ist attack in south­ern Israel that prompt­ed the cur­rent war, instead of one that cal …