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UN General Assembly overwhelmingly calls for 'immediate truce' in Gaza

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The UN General Assembly has overwhelmingly passed a resolution calling for the implementation of an immediate "humanitarian truce" in the Gaza Strip, which has been brought under a relentless and devastating war by the Israeli regime for the past three weeks.

On Friday, the assembly voted in favor of the resolution that had been drafted by Arab states, with 120 votes in favor, while 45 abstained and 14, including Israel and the United States, voted no.

It adopted "calls for an immediate, durable, and sustained humanitarian truce leading to a cessation of hostilities."

The Israeli regime has been waging the war against Gaza since October 7, when Hamas and its fellow Gaza-based resistance movement of the Islamic Jihad launched their biggest operation against the occupying entity in years. The surprise Palestinian offensive, dubbed Operation Al-Aqsa Storm, came in response to the regime’s intensified crimes against the Palestinian people.

The death toll in Gaza since the start of Israeli aggression has reached over 7,400 with more than 20,500 wounded.

The vote at the General Assembly came after the United Nations Security Council failed four times in the past two weeks to take action due to the US's recurrently casting its veto against relevant resolutions.

The assembly stressed the "importance of preventing further destabilization and escalation of violence in the region," and called on "all parties to exercise maximum restraint and upon all those with influence on them to work toward this objective."

This is while Israel has rejected all calls for a ceasefire, claiming it would benefit Hamas.

The assembly also called on the Israeli regime to rescind its order for civilians in Gaza to move to the south of the enclave.

Israel ordered some 1.1 million people in Gaza, almost half the population, to move south on October 12, amid threats by the regime to launch a ground invasion against the coastal territory.

Hamas and the Palestinian Authority welcome UN resolution

Hamas and the Palestinian Authority welcomed the UN General Assembly resolution and demanded it be implemented immediately.

“We demand its immediate application to allow the entry of fuel and humanitarian aid for civilians,” said a Hamas statement.

The rival, Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority’s foreign ministry said that as Israel’s campaign “reaches a new peak of brutality”, there was “a solid international position rejecting Israel’s unhinged aggression”.

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