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U.N. Security Council for the primary time calls for rapid ceasefire in Gaza

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Members of the United Nations Security Council vote on a Gaza decision that calls for a right away ceasefire for the month of Ramadan resulting in a everlasting sustainable ceasefire, and the rapid and unconditional launch of all hostages, at U.N. headquarters in New York City, U.S., March 25, 2024.
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The United Nations Security Council on March 25 demanded a right away ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militants Hamas and the rapid and unconditional launch of all hostages after the United States abstained from the vote.

The remaining 14 council members voted for the decision, which was proposed by the ten elected members of the physique.

Washington had been averse to the phrase ceasefire earlier within the practically six-month-old struggle within the Gaza Strip and had used its veto energy to defend U.S. ally Israel because it retaliated towards Hamas for an Oct. 7 assault that Israel says killed 1,200 folks.

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But amid rising world strain for a truce within the struggle that has killed greater than 32,000 Palestinians, the U.S. abstained from the vote on March 25 to permit the Security Council to demand a right away ceasefire for the month of Muslim fasting month of Ramzan, which ends in two weeks.

It additionally calls for the rapid and unconditional launch of all hostages. Israel says Hamas took 253 hostages throughout its Oct. 7 assault.

The Security Council decision additionally “emphasizes the urgent need to expand the flow of humanitarian assistance to and reinforce the protection of civilians in the entire Gaza Strip and reiterates its demand for the lifting of all barriers to the provision of humanitarian assistance at scale.”

Israeli Army radio reported shortly earlier than the council assembly began that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would cancel a deliberate delegation to Washington if the U.S. didn’t veto the decision.

The U.S. has vetoed three draft council resolutions on the struggle in Gaza. It has additionally beforehand abstained twice, permitting the council to undertake resolutions that aimed to spice up assist to Gaza and known as for prolonged pauses in preventing.

Russia and China have additionally vetoed two U.S. drafted resolutions on the battle — in October and on Friday.

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