UN Security Council meets on Israel but U.S. blocks statement

UN Security Council meets on Israel but U.S. blocks statement

The UN Security Council held another emergency meeting Wednesday on worsening hostilities between Israel and Palestinians, again without agreeing on a joint statement due to opposition from the United States, Israel's key ally, according to diplomats.

The United States saw the Security Council meeting as a sufficient show of concern, one diplomat told AFP on condition of anonymity.

"The U.S. doesn't see that a statement will help de-escalate," The AFP cited another diplomat as saying.

According to several sources, 14 of the 15 members of the Council were in favor of adopting a joint declaration aimed at reducing tension.

UN Middle East envoy Tor Wennesland warned the meeting that the "situation has deteriorated since Monday... there is a risk of a spiral of violence," according to a diplomatic source.

During a first emergency meeting on Monday, the United States also refused to back a text proposed by Tunisia, Norway and China calling on all parties to refrain from provocation.

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