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Resolution Calling for Gaza Ceasefire Passes: What Happened at the UN General Assembly

October 28, 2023

The United Nations General Assembly issued a resolution on 27 October calling for “an immediate, durable and sustained humanitarian truce leading to a cessation of hostilities” in Gaza. The resolution, which was tabled by Jordan and co-sponsored by Egypt, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and a host of other countries, passed the required two-thirds majority with 120 votes for, 14 against, and 45 abstentions. It also called for Israel to rescind the order to evacuate northern Gaza. “Enough is enough” Egypt’s ambassador to the UN, Osama Abdelkhalek, said on 27 October. “We can no longer bear what is happening to the Palestinians,” he added, condemning the siege and denying Palestinians water. The resolution demanded that “all parties immediately and fully comply with their obligations under international law […] particularly in regard to the protection of civilians” and demanded “the immediate, continuous, sufficient and unhindered provision of essential goods and services to civilians throughout the Gaza Strip.” It also firmly rejected any attempts at the forced transfer of Palestinians and called for the “immediate and unconditional release” of all civilians held captive. The vote came during an emergency special session under…

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