Libya blocks UNSC from expressing 'deep concern' about Gaza border chaos

The UN Security Council, after negotiating for much of the week, failed to reach agreement late Friday night on a statement to express "deep concern" about the safety of people along the chaotic Gaza-Egypt border. Libya, whose ambassador holds this month's revolving council presidency, blocked the statement. Until Friday the United States had dissented, protecting Israel from being criticized in a statement originally proposed by Arab nations. "There was no main sticking point for the United States anymore," the United States' Deputy UN Ambassador Alejandro D. Wolff told reporters. He said the US had sought "a balanced statement" and expected the latest draft eventually to be approved.