The UN Security Council adopts a resolution for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip

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The UN Security Council decided on Monday to approve a draft resolution submitted by the ten countries (non-permanent members of the Council) demanding an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip during the month of Ramadan for humanitarian reasons.

This decision came after the United States abstained from voting without using its veto.

According to the voting results published by the United Nations, 14 members of the UN Security Council supported the draft resolution for a ceasefire in Gaza, while the United States abstained from voting.

This is the first decision to be adopted for a ceasefire after four previous failed attempts.

The resolution stipulates an immediate ceasefire in Gaza during the month of Ramadan, emphasizing the necessity of achieving a permanent ceasefire and the immediate and unconditional release of all prisoners.

The resolution calls for the removal of all obstacles to the arrival of humanitarian aid to the 2.4 million residents of the Gaza Strip, who face the risk of famine in light of the escalation of the conflict in the region.

The draft resolution was introduced by Mozambique’s representative to the UN Security Council on behalf of the ten elected members of the Council, and stressed that the escalation of the conflict in the Gaza Strip constitutes a clear threat to international peace and security.

The demand of the Russian delegate to amend the draft resolution to include the phrase “permanent ceasefire” sparked criticism from some countries that considered the original wording sufficient and avoided praising the Hamas movement.

On the other hand, some countries expressed their support for the resolution, stressing the need for unity within the Security Council in order to address the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip, and calling on the concerned parties to implement the resolution without delay.

On the Israeli level, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his dissatisfaction with the decision not to use the United States’ Veto power, considering that it endangers Israel’s interests, while opposition leader Yair Lapid considered these statements as an attempt to divert attention from important local issues.

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