The UN Security Council approves resolution urging “urgent” ceasefire in Gaza

On Monday, the United Nations Security Council approved a historic resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire during the month of Ramadan in Gaza. The resolution was promoted by Algeria and nine other non-permanent member countries. More than 32,300 people have died as a result of the Israeli Army’s military offensive on the Palestinian enclave.

UN Secretary General António Guterres announced the resolution on social media, urging an immediate ceasefire and the release of all hostages. The resolution was approved with 14 votes in favor, no votes against, and one abstention from the United States. Russia rejected an amendment that called for stronger language in the resolution.

The Algerian ambassador to the UN praised the Council for fulfilling its responsibility to maintain international peace and security. The US representative at the UN expressed support for the resolution’s objectives and urged all member states to pressure Hamas to accept the agreement for a ceasefire. The resolution calls for an immediate ceasefire during Ramadan, protection of civilians, humanitarian access for medical needs in Gaza, and release of hostages held by Hamas.

This is the first time that the Security Council has called for a ceasefire in Gaza since previous attempts were vetoed due to Russian and Chinese opposition. Despite Israeli objections, US abstained from voting on this issue as they support this proposal.

By Samantha Johnson

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