Wednesday, November 29, 2023

UN General Assembly passes resolution calling for humanitarian truce in Gaza

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A special session of the UN General Assembly adopted the non-binding resolution introduced by Jordan for an “immediate, durable and sustained humanitarian truce” in the Gaza Strip on Saturday morning.

The Jordanian-authored resolution on behalf of the Arab group will have no direct mention of “Hamas” or the “taking of hostages”.

The resolution does not make specific mention of the militant group which controls Gaza, Hamas, one of the key issues which led to a Canadian amendment being proposed.

The tenth emergency special session saw the Canadian-US amendment that explicitly condemned Hamas failed to obtain a two-thirds majority.

It marks the first formal response of the United Nations to the hostilities since the Hamas attacks of 7 October, after the Security Council failed on four occasions to reach a consensus on any action.

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