The U.S. has opposed a United Nations resolution that calls for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas saying it would interfere with efforts by the Biden administration to de-escalate the situation.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations told The Associated Press “we’ve been clear and consistent that we are focused on intensive diplomatic efforts under way to bring an end to the violence and that we will not support actions that we believe undermine efforts to de-escalate.”

The resolution was drafted by France, according to AP.

The U.S. had blocked at least four attempts to issue a press statement calling for a ceasefire, AP noted.

It requires nine votes as opposed to press statements, which require 15 members.

According to Reuters, the U.N. sough to call for an immediate cessation of hostilities, and condemn “the indiscriminate firing of rockets against civilian areas.” The resolution also urged protection of civilians and reviving the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.

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