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UNGA passes resolution calling for ceasefire in Gaza, India votes in favour

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) passed a resolution demanding an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in the war on Gaza, with more than three-quarters of the 193-member General Assembly backing it.

153 countries were in favour, 23 abstentions and 10 countries including the US voted against the resolution. Unlike in the last session, India voted in favour of the draft resolution.

Indian government faced severe criticism for abstaining from voting last time the general assembly passed a resolution calling for a humanitarian truce in Gaza.

The resolution demanded an “immediate humanitarian ceasefire”, the immediate and unconditional release of all hostages and well as “ensuring humanitarian access”.

Before the resolution, two amendments making specific reference to Hamas were voted down by members.

Israel faced growing diplomatic isolation in its war against Hamas as the United Nations demanded an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza, with India voting in favour of the draft resolution.

Resolutions by the General Assembly, though not legally binding on nations, do carry immense moral weight, representing the collective resolve of the UN membership on a matter of grave importance.

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