Israel-Hamas: UN security council passes resolution to boost Gaza aid delivery, stops shy of demanding ceasefire

The United Nations Security Council granted approval for increased aid delivery to Gaza, securing 13 votes in favor, none against, and two abstentions from Russia and the United States. The resolution prioritizes the \”safe and unimpeded distribution of humanitarian assistance at scale\” but no longer includes the original appeal for an \”urgent suspension of hostilities\” between Israel and Hamas. The revised text resulted from negotiations involving the United States, the United Arab Emirates, and other stakeholders. Although the resolution does not call for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, where over 20,000 Palestinians have lost their lives due to Israeli actions, its objective is to address the critical humanitarian situation. The abstentions by the United States and Russia were aimed at avoiding a potential veto, and the resolution passed with majority support in the Security Council. The death toll in Gaza has now exceeded 20,000, raising concerns about the humanitarian crisis and the well-being of displaced Palestinians amid the ongoing conflict.

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