10-27-2023, 2:00 PM

UN resolution urging Israel and Hamas to cease hostilities is overwhelmingly approved

Despite strong opposition from the US and Israel, the UN on Friday adopted a resolution calling for a truce in the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

Jordan proposed a resolution, which was overwhelmingly approved by the General Assembly with 120 votes in favor, 14 against, and 45 abstaining. The assembly hall erupted in cheers upon seeing the favorable vote total.

The resolution asks for a "immediate, durable and sustained humanitarian truce leading to a cessation of hostilities," in addition to "immediate, full, sustained, safe and unhindered humanitarian access." Furthermore, it demands that Israel withdraw its advice to leave the northern part of Gaza.

While calling for "the immediate and unconditional release of all civilians who are being illegally held captive," the resolution makes no mention of Hamas as the group holding the hostages.

The measure was opposed by the US and Israel, who claimed it omitted direct criticism of Hamas. Calls for a ceasefire, according to Israeli ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan, are "not an attempt for peace" but rather "an attempt to tie Israel's hands, preventing us from eliminating a huge threat to our citizens," during Thursday's debate over the resolution.

The General Assembly earlier this Friday rejected a change to the resolution that would have included strong wording about Hamas and was proposed by the Canadians with support from the US.

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