UNGA adopts Gaza resolution calling for immediate, sustained humanitarian truce

Mekelle፡ 29 October 2023(Tigray Herald)

UNGA adopts Gaza resolution calling for immediate, sustained humanitarian truce

The United Nations General Assembly on Friday adopted a resolution calling for an “immediate, durable and sustained humanitarian truce” in Gaza.

It also demands “continuous, sufficient and unhindered” provision of lifesaving supplies and services for civilians trapped inside the enclave.

The resolution was proposed by Jordan and backed by over 45 Member States, especially the Arab members.

The 193-member world body adopted the resolution by a vote of 120-14 with 45 abstentions.

In addition to calling for “an immediate, durable and sustained humanitarian truce leading to a cessation of hostilities,” the resolution demands that all parties immediately comply with their obligations under international humanitarian and human rights law requiring protection of civilians and the schools, hospitals and other infrastructure critical for their survival.

The resolution demands that essential supplies be allowed into the Gaza Strip and that humanitarian workers have sustained access. It calls on Israel to rescind its order for Gazans to evacuate the north and move to the south and “firmly rejects any attempts at the forced transfer of the Palestinian civilian population.”

The resolution also stresses the need “to urgently establish a mechanism to ensure the protection of the Palestinian civilian population.”

It “emphasizes the importance of preventing further destabilization and escalation of violence in the region” and calls on all parties to exercise “maximum restraint” and on all those with influence to press them “to work toward this objective.”

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