Monday, June 17, 2024

UN Security Council to Vote on Urgent Gaza Ceasefire Resolution Amid Rising Tensions

The United Nations Security Council is set to vote on a new resolution Monday, urging an immediate and sustainable cessation of hostilities in Gaza. This follows recent tensions, with the United States expressing impatience toward its ally Israel. The vote comes after the U.S. blocked a previous resolution calling for a humanitarian ceasefire in the Palestinian territory.

The proposed resolution, introduced by Arab countries and supported by the UAE, emphasizes the need for a swift and lasting halt to hostilities in Gaza, facilitating safe humanitarian access. It also affirms backing for a two-state solution and emphasizes the unification of the Gaza Strip with the West Bank under the Palestinian Authority.

The draft does not explicitly name Hamas but condemns all indiscriminate attacks against civilians and calls for the immediate and unconditional release of hostages, drawing criticism from Israel and the U.S.

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Negotiations on the text are ongoing to prevent a deadlock in the Security Council. The council has faced criticism for passing only one resolution on Gaza since the conflict began, while five others were rejected, including two due to American vetoes.

U.S. President Joe Biden's recent warning about the risk of Israel losing international support due to "indiscriminate" bombing adds pressure on the Security Council. Advocates, including Human Rights Watch, urge the U.S. not to use vetoes and to support resolutions aimed at ending mass atrocities.

While Security Council resolutions are technically binding, compliance is not guaranteed. The conflict has taken a severe toll, with thousands of casualties reported, mostly civilians and children, amid ongoing hostilities and retaliatory strikes. International calls for an immediate ceasefire persist, with the situation remaining complex and challenging to resolve.

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Izaan Zubair
Izaan Zubair
With a passion and curiosity for technology, Izaan is a seasoned writer with four years of experience. His expertise lies in translating complex tech updates into engaging stories. Beyond technology, Izaan keeps a finger on the pulse of worldly news, crafting exclusive narratives that inform and inspire his readers.
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