/ 26 March 2024

UN demands immediate ceasefire in Gaza

TOPSHOT - Rockets are fired from Gaza City, controlled by the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, towards Israel on May 10, 2021. (Photo by MAHMUD HAMS / AFP) (Photo by MAHMUD HAMS/AFP via Getty Images)
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The UN Security Council has passed a resolution demanding an “immediate ceasefire” between Israeli forces and Hamas in Gaza, which includes the release of all hostages. The vote was approved by 14 votes to 0, with the US abstaining. The US had vetoed previous attempts at a resolution because they didn’t include the release of hostages, but it allowed Monday night’s vote to pass. In response, Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu has cancelled a planned visit to Washington this week. The US says it’s disappointed by the decision but that a separate visit by Israel’s defence minister will still go ahead. The war in Gaza has been going for almost six months after Hamas militants attacked Israel on 7 October last year, killing 1200 and taking 253 hostages – of which Israel say 134 are still held. The Israeli response has seen more than 32,000 Palestinians killed in what some UN members said was a “bloodbath that had to end.”

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