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U.N. General Assembly Urges “Humanitarian Truce” on Gaza

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The U.N. General Assembly approved a nonbinding resolution Friday calling for a “humanitarian truce” in Gaza leading to a cessation of hostilities between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers

The United Nations General Assembly has passed a resolution calling for an immediate and lasting ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, where more than 10,000 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli airstrikes since Oct. 7.

The resolution, which was adopted by a vote of 120-14 with 45 abstentions, urges Israel and Hamas to respect international humanitarian law and human rights and to protect civilians, especially children, women and health workers. It also calls for the lifting of the blockade and siege imposed on Gaza by Israel, and for the provision of urgent humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian people.

The resolution is the first U.N. response to the ongoing war.

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