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UN Security Council backs three-phased Israel-Hamas ceasefire plan

The United Nations Security Council has adopted a draft resolution that endorses a three-phased ceasefire proposal between Israel and Hamas.

The Council vote on the US-authored draft was 14 in favour with a single abstention from Russia. The successful effort in New York seeks to complement efforts in the region, including an ongoing visit by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to secure agreement on the proposal from both parties.

The resolution welcomes the new ceasefire proposal which states that Israel has already accepted it and calls upon Hamas in particular to do the same. The text further urges both parties to fully implement the terms without delay and without conditions.

United States Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield to the UN says, “We need Hamas to agree to the ceasefire deal. And then we need Israel and Hamas to implement the deal without delays or conditions. I don’t want to keep waking up to news reports of more fighting and more loss of life.

I don’t want the families of hostages, many of whom I know personally, to ensure even one more day, to endure even one more day without their loved ones. I don’t want another Palestinian family, including the relatives of people I have met with, to experience any more loss or suffering. I want to see an enduring ceasefire where Israel is safe. Safe from the threat of further terrorist attacks and rocket fire, and Palestinians can begin rebuilding their lives in safety and security.

Source: SABC

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