U.N. Security Council Approves U.S. Proposal For Gaza Ceasefire


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The United Nations Security Council has approved a U.S.-drafted resolution supporting a ceasefire plan in Gaza. The resolution, which received backing from 14 nations with Russia abstaining, calls for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire. It also urges both Israel and Hamas to fully implement the terms of the ceasefire plan.

The resolution was presented by President Joe Biden on May 31, and it has been reported that Israel has accepted the terms. The resolution now calls on Hamas to do the same. The plan is seen as the best opportunity to halt the ongoing conflict and to facilitate the release of hostages.

"This proposal is the best opportunity we have right now to bring at least a temporary halt to this fighting, to be able to get more assistance in, get hostages released," said deputy U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Robert Wood.

However, the proposal has been met with skepticism by Hamas, who have stated that the text of the proposal does not guarantee a permanent cessation of hostilities as described by Biden. Despite this, Hamas has expressed readiness to cooperate with mediators over implementing the principles of the plan.

The resolution's approval puts added pressure on both parties to approve the proposal. The U.S. has used its veto power at the U.N. to shield Israel from censure, casting three vetoes against calls for a ceasefire.

The conflict, which has been ongoing for eight months, has resulted in significant casualties and damage. The Gaza Health Ministry reports that over 36,700 Palestinians have been killed and more than 83,000 others wounded. The U.N. estimates that about 80% of Gaza's buildings have been destroyed.

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