UN calls resolution for Gaza truce amid critics on Israel

The U.N. General Assembly called in a nonbinding resolution on Friday for an immediate, durable ceasefire in Gaza amid demands for serously critical of Israeli aggression.

UN calls resolution for Gaza truce amid critics on Israel

The U.N. General Assembly called in a nonbinding resolution on Friday for an immediate, durable ceasefire in Gaza amid demands for serously critical of Israeli aggression.

A group of some important Muslim and Latin American states demanded to have the assembly vote on a text seriously critical of Israeli aggression, which killed more than 1,100 Palestinians, at least a third of them children, in Gaza.

Syrian Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari, one of the group, which demanded critic to Israeli war in text, said the majority that supported the adopted resolution "is not the one that the Palestinian people need."

The assembly's electronic scoreboard showed 142 countries in favor, four opposed and eight abstaining. But the exact figures were not immediately clear as several countries said their votes had not registered due to electrical faults.

The assembly's resolution followed closely the text of a Security Council resolution adopted last week. The council's ceasefire call has not been heeded either by Israel, which continued its offensive from air, ground and see in Gaza Strip, hitting U.N. school and compound.

Like the council's text, Friday's resolution calls for "an immediate, durable and fully respected ceasefire, leading to the full withdrawal of Israeli forces from the Gaza Strip."

The adopted text was hammered out in negotiations between the European Union and the Palestinian Authority's ambassador, Riyad Mansour, and was supported by moderate Arab states.

Mansour told the session that resolution would have split the assembly and made a "gift" to Israel.

Reuters
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