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UN Security Council approves US-sponsored Gaza cease-fire resolution

The resolution said that Israel has “accepted” the deal outlined by President Joe Biden on May 31 and “calls upon” Hamas to do the same.
Members of the United Nations Security Council vote on a resolution during a meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question at the United Nations headquarters on June 10, 2024 in New York City. The UN Security Council held a vote on a resolution drafted by the U.S. backing a proposal outlined by U.S. President Joe Biden calling for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The first phase of the resolution consists of an "immediate, full and complete ceasefire"

WASHINGTON — The United Nations Security Council on Monday adopted a US-drafted resolution urging Israel and Hamas to fully implement the cease-fire proposal that President Joe Biden announced more than a week ago. 

The resolution, which passed the UN’s top decision-making body with 14 votes in favor and one abstention from Russia, “calls upon” Hamas to accept the latest proposal to end the eight-month war. The resolution also “urges both parties to fully implement” the cease-fire “without delay and without condition.”

The Palestinian militant group hasn’t formally responded to the proposal since it was made public on May 31. But shortly after the vote, Hamas said in a statement that it welcomed the resolution’s passage and was ready to cooperate on indirect negotiations over a permanent cease-fire. US officials have described the latest offer as nearly identical to Hamas’ own proposals. 

“We need Hamas to agree to the cease-fire deal. And then we need Israel and Hamas to implement the deal without delays or conditions,” US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield said before the vote. 

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