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US abstains, UN council calls for cease-fire in Gaza

US abstains, UN council calls for cease-fire in Gaza

This Monday, the 25th, the UN Security Council approved a resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza during the month of Ramadan, for the immediate and unconditional release of hostages held by Hamas terrorists.

The text was approved with 14 votes in favor and none against. America did not vote.

This is the first time the Security Council has passed a resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza since Hamas terrorists killed 1,200 innocent people and kidnapped 239 in Israel on October 7, 2023.

What does the approved resolution say?

Drafted by ten of the 15 members of the UN Security Council Resolution required “An immediate ceasefire in the month of Ramadan, respected by all parties, leads to a lasting and sustainable ceasefire”Besides “The immediate and unconditional release of all hostages, as well as ensuring humanitarian access to meet their medical and other humanitarian needs”.

Text too “highlights the urgent need to expand the flow of humanitarian aid and strengthen civilian security across the Gaza Strip” and reiterates its demand for withdrawal “All obstacles to the provision of large-scale humanitarian assistance”.

The US boycott

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the US ambassador to the UN, said she abstained because the resolution did not include condemnation of Hamas.

“This resolution rightly recognizes that during the month of Ramadan, we must renew our commitment to peace. Hamas can do this by accepting any deal on the table. A ceasefire could begin immediately with the release of the first hostage. So, we have to pressure Hamas to do that.he said.

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“This is the only way to achieve a ceasefire and the release of the hostages.”he added.

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