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

Algeria and nine other non-permanent member countries of the United Nations Security Council have successfully called for an immediate ceasefire during Ramadan in Gaza Strip, where over 32,000 people have died as a result of Israeli Army’s military offensive on the Palestinian enclave. The resolution was approved with 14 votes in favor, no votes against, and one abstention from the United States.

UN Secretary General António Guterres announced the resolution on social media, calling for an immediate ceasefire and the release of all hostages. The resolution calls for 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.

Russia had rejected an amendment to the resolution, which sought stronger language in it. However, Russia had already been criticized earlier this year by UN Secretary-General António Guterres for its actions regarding Syria’s civil war. Russia had also previously vetoed a similar resolution aimed at ending Israel’s occupation of Palestine.

The Algerian ambassador to the UN praised the Security 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 a ceasefire agreement. Despite Israeli objections, The US abstained from voting on this resolution as they support it.

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