‘There should be immediate ceasefire in Gaza’, UNSC demanded for the first time, US remained absent from voting

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United Nations. The United Nations Security Council on Monday passed a resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The resolution has been passed after more than five months of conflict between Israel and Hamas. The 15-nation Security Council adopted the resolution presented by 10 non-permanent elected members. 14 countries voted in favor of the resolution, while the US did not participate in the voting.

“The Security Council approved a long-awaited resolution on Gaza, calling for an immediate ceasefire and the immediate and unconditional release of all hostages,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a post on X. “This resolution must be implemented. Not doing so would be unforgivable.”

US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas Greenfield said the resolution emphasizes that during the month of Ramadan “we must recommit to peace. Hamas can do this by accepting the agreement. A ceasefire can take effect immediately with the release of hostages.”

He said, “And so, we must put pressure on Hamas to do so. This is the only way to ensure a ceasefire and the release of hostages, as we have all called for today.” Britain’s permanent ambassador to the United Nations Barbara Woodward said that her country has long been demanding a permanent ceasefire to stop the conflict on an immediate humanitarian basis. She also stressed the immediate release of people held hostage by Hamas.

The month of Ramadan is from March 10 to April 9. This means that even after the proposal is approved, the ceasefire will last only for two weeks. However, the draft says “there should be a permanent ceasefire.” Earlier the voting on this proposal was to be held on Saturday morning, but its sponsors postponed it till Monday morning.

The war began after Palestinian militants Hamas launched a surprise attack on Israel on October 7, killing about 1,200 people and taking about 250 hostage. Hamas is believed to still be holding about 100 people hostage. The health ministry in Gaza puts the death toll in the region at about 32,000.

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