UN Security Council for first time demands ‘immediate’ Gaza ceasefire, US abstains

Mar25,2024



New Delhi: In its first demand to stop the fighting UN Security Council Demanded a ceasefire on Monday Gaza During the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The resolution also demands the release of all hostages held during this period. Hamas'Sudden attack in southern Israel on 7 October.
“The Palestinian people have suffered greatly. This genocide has continued for too long. We have an obligation to end this genocide before it is too late,” Algeria's UN ambassador Amr Bendjamaa told the council after the vote. “
However, the United States decided to abstain from voting on the resolution. The resolution, backed by Russia and China along with the 22-nation Arab group at the United Nations, does not directly link the release of the hostages to a ceasefire during Ramadan, which ends on April 9.
The decision comes after Russia and China's recent veto of a US-sponsored resolution that aimed to support an “immediate and sustained ceasefire” in the Israel-Hamas conflict. Expressing concern, the US cautioned that the adopted resolution could potentially hamper talks led by the US, Egypt and Qatar to end hostilities, hinting at the possibility of another veto, this time by the Americans. Has been done
The resolution, proposed by 10 elected council members, stresses the urgent need to stop bloodshed and preserve human life. The Arab group, in a statement released Friday night, called on all council members to act with unity and urgency in voting for the resolution, stressing the imperative of a ceasefire.
Given that Ramadan ends next month, the ceasefire is sought to last only for two weeks, although the draft aims to create a path towards a permanent and permanent cessation of hostilities.
The situation in Gaza remains critical, with the Gaza Health Ministry reporting that more than 32,000 Palestinians have been killed since the conflict began. Additionally, a humanitarian crisis is also looming, with one report warning of impending famine in northern Gaza, with nearly half the region's population at risk of starvation.
Historically, the United States has vetoed numerous resolutions calling for a ceasefire in Gaza, including the most recent resolution in February. Russia and China have also vetoed US-sponsored resolutions, citing ambiguity and lack of direct demands to end the conflict.
Tension was evident during the voting process, reflecting broader geopolitical disputes. The United States has been criticized for its alleged leniency towards Israel, while tensions between the two countries have continued to rise.
Following the veto, Russia and China faced accusations of prioritizing political agendas over progress. The passage of the resolution, despite the US abstention, signals a change in the US stance, aligning more closely with global calls for an unconditional end to the conflict, although some issues are still intertwined.
The wording of the resolution, while open to interpretation, reflects the complexities of the Israel-Hamas conflict and ongoing efforts within the Security Council to deal with the broader geopolitical landscape.
(with inputs from agencies)



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