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UNSC adopts resolution for ‘humanitarian pauses’ in Gaza, Israel rejects it

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The UN Security Council on Thursday passed a resolution calling for “urgent and extended humanitarian pauses and corridors throughout the Gaza Strip” to allow for aid delivery and medical evacuations.

Israel slammed the resolution and said it would continue its action until the “destruction of Hamas and the return of the kidnapped”.

The resolution was adopted by 12 votes in favour, zero against and three abstentions – Russia, the United States and the United Kingdom. The resolution made no mention of a ceasefire.

It neither refers to Palestinian group Hamas’s attack on Israel on October 7 nor Israel’s genocidal air strikes and ground offensive in Gaza, which Ministry of Health officials say have killed more than 11,000 Palestinians, two-thirds of them women and children.

It comes after four failed attempts to respond to Israel’s war on Gaza.

The resolution, introduced by Malta, also called for “corridors throughout the Gaza Strip for a sufficient number of days” to safeguard civilians, particularly children, ambassador Vanessa Frazier told the Council.

Palestinian ambassador to the UN Riyad Mansour said the UN Security Council resolution approving a humanitarian pause did not condemn Israeli “indiscriminate attacks” that killed more than 11,000 Palestinians, including some 5,000 children.

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