The United Nations General Assembly : Humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza

Background of the Motion

With the vote showing Israel and the United States largely isolated over the war attacking 2.3 million Palestinians and killing nearly 8,000 people.

Motion for humanitarian ceasefire debated at UN precisely the same time as Israel launched its fiercest attacks yet.

Vote Details

It received 120 "Yes" votes, 45 "abstentions," and 14 "No" votes

The United Nations General Assembly has voted overwhelmingly for a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza.

Details of the Resolution

The adopted resolution calls for an “immediate, durable and sustained humanitarian truce leading to a cessation of hostilities” and “firmly rejects any attempts at the forced transfer of the Palestinian civilian population”.

It also stresses the need to avoid a wider escalation of the fighting and demands increased humanitarian aid for Gaza, where only a small handful of trucks carrying aid have been allowed to enter over the last week.

The resolution calls for the immediate release of all civilians being held hostage and condemns “all acts of terrorism and indiscriminate attacks” including those on Israeli civilians, but does not name Hamas specifically. 

A Canadian-introduced amendment to the resolution that would have added a condemnation of the Hamas attack did not receive the necessary two-thirds majority.


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