The UN Security Council has approved a resolution calling for “humanitarian pauses and corridors” in war-torn Gaza, a long-awaited diplomatic breakthrough after weeks of bitter negotiations.
Twelve countries voted to approve the measure, with the United States, the United Kingdom, and Russia abstaining.
The resolution called for “urgent and extended humanitarian pauses and corridors throughout the Gaza Strip for a sufficient number of days to enable, consistent with international humanitarian law, the full, rapid, safe, and unhindered humanitarian access for United Nations humanitarian agencies and their implementing partners.”
The International Rescue Committee has said humanitarian groups need a minimum ceasefire of five days in order to do vital work to restore basic services and necessities for Gaza’s more than 2 million civilians. US President Joe Biden said last week that he had asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for “a pause for a lot more than three days.”
Israeli Ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan said in a statement after the vote that the resolution is “disconnected from reality and is meaningless.”
“Regardless of what the council decides, Israel will continue acting according to international law while the Hamas terrorists will not even read the resolution at all, let alone abide by it,” he said.
Gaza has been under siege since October 7, when Israel closed exit points from the Palestinian enclave, cut it off from food, water and electricity, and began an intensive…
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