US blocks UNSC statement for a third time

The United Nations Security Council members have failed to issue a statement calling for a de-escalation of Israeli-Palestinian violence for a third time, due to US opposition.

The members met on Sunday for the third time, following two meetings last week, to discuss the issue.

Multiple members say the United States opposed the issuance of a statement again after China, which currently holds the council's presidency, compiled a revised draft based on member countries' opinions.

In the previous two meetings, China proposed draft statements both times that urged Israel and Palestinians to ease tensions and expressed concerns about Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.

The US, an ally of Israel, has a history of opposing statements and resolutions at the UN Security Council over Israeli-Palestinian conflicts.

The council is working to hold its fourth meeting on Tuesday.