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

United Nations Calls for Immediate Ceasefire in Gaza During Ramadan Amid Ongoing Violence and Loss of Life

On Monday, the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution promoted by Algeria and nine other non-permanent member states, calling for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip during the month of Ramadan. More than 32,300 people have died as a result of Israel’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 had 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 United States representative at the UN expressed support for the resolution’s objectives and urged all member states to pressure Hamas to accept an agreement for a ceasefire. The resolution calls for an immediate ceasefire during Ramadan, the release of hostages held by Hamas, humanitarian access for medical needs in Gaza, and protection of civilians. This is the first time that the Security Council has called for a ceasefire in Gaza since previous failed attempts due to vetoes from Russia and China. Despite Israeli objections, US abstained from voting on this issue while supporting it.

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