June 13, 2024

UN Calls for Immediate Ceasefire in Gaza During Ramadan: Historical Resolution Endorsed Amidst Continued Violence

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UN Security Council Passes Resolution Urging “Immediate” Ceasefire in Gaza

The United Nations Security Council approved a resolution on Monday calling for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip during the month of Ramadan. The resolution was supported by Algeria and nine other non-permanent member countries, with 14 votes in favor and one abstention from the United States. This action comes after the Israeli Army’s military offensive on the Palestinian enclave resulted in over 32,300 deaths.

UN Secretary General António Guterres announced the approval of the resolution on social media, emphasizing the importance of ending violence and securing hostage releases. The text of the resolution demands an immediate ceasefire during Ramadan, leading to a permanent and sustainable peace in the region. It calls for Hamas to release all hostages held in Gaza and for humanitarian access to address medical needs.

The Algerian ambassador to the UN praised the Council for taking responsibility to maintain international peace and security, urging an end to bloodshed before it’s too late. The US representative expressed support for the resolution while also urging Hamas to accept a ceasefire agreement. Despite tensions and political implications, this is the first approved by the Council calling specifically for a ceasefire in Gaza, emphasizing parties’ obligation to comply with international law to protect civilians.

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