UNGA adopts non-binding Gaza ceasefire resolution with 153 votes

10 countries opposed the resolution including the US, Israel, Austria, Czech Republic, Liberia, Micronesia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, and Paraguay

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NEW YORK — On Tuesday evening, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a draft resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip for humanitarian reasons and to guarantee access to humanitarian aid. اضافة اعلان

The resolution garnered support from 153 countries, while 10 countries opposed it, and 23 countries abstained from voting.

The draft resolution, submitted by 21 Arab countries, refers to the Secretary-General’s letter to the President of the Security Council on December 6 under Article 99 of the United Nations Charter.

While these resolutions are not legally binding like UN Security Council resolutions, they reflect global opinion and can influence member states' decisions, potentially leading to international measures affecting the situation on the ground, Al-Mamlaka TV reported. 

The President of the United Nations General Assembly, Ambassador Dennis Francis, emphasized the urgent need to end the suffering of innocent civilians and reiterated the demand for an immediate ceasefire for humanitarian reasons.

The Permanent Representative of Egypt to the United Nations, Ambassador Osama Abdel Khalek, who holds the rotating presidency of the Arab Group, reviewed the draft resolution expressing concern about the humanitarian situation in Gaza.

He called on all countries to support the resolution, emphasizing the need to preserve human values.

Before the General Assembly meeting, the United States and Austria submitted two amendments to the draft resolution, but they did not receive a two-thirds majority and were not adopted.

The Permanent Representative of Palestine to the United Nations, Riyad Mansour, called the day historic, thanking the countries that voted in favor and urging them to oblige Israel to implement the resolution.

The Palestinian presidency welcomed the call for an immediate ceasefire and urged countries that voted in favor to compel Israel to implement it.

The vote of 153 countries in favor signifies global rejection of Israeli aggression, displacement, and the creation of a new Nakba.

Hamas welcomed the United Nations' demand for an immediate ceasefire, urging the international community to continue pressuring Israel to adhere to the resolution.

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