UN to vote for a ceasefire in Gaza as Israel claims edge over Hamas

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UN TO VOTE FOR CEASEFIRE
Rescuers and civilians remove the rubble of a home destroyed following an Israeli attack on the town of Deir Al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip (Photo: AFP)

As the war between Israel and Hamas entered its second month, the United Nations General Assembly is preparing to vote on a non-binding resolution demanding “an immediate humanitarian ceasefire” in Gaza – on Tuesday, a call that the council has so far failed to make.

Earlier on Friday, the United States, one of only five permanent members of the UNSC vetoed to halt a draft text calling for a ceasefire, the latest sign of impasse. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned of a looming “complete breakdown of public order” in the besieged Gaza. After Friday’s failure on draft text, many countries along with human rights organisations expressed dissatisfaction and regret. Furthermore, Guterres on Sunday described the Council’s authority and credibility as “undermined”.

Meanwhile, IDF has stated that Israel is augmenting the speed of inspection of the humanitarian aid along with sending it to Gaza and will be using two crossings to help screen humanitarian aid for Gaza.

After Friday, a top UN official stated that the UN staff in Gaza is feeling abandoned after the US veto. The UNRWA chief Philippe Lazzarini told the media that they (UN Staff) “cannot understand” why a ceasefire has not been agreed upon after thousands have been killed and displaced.

Nonetheless, while a ceasefire vote is being prepared, Israeli troops are continuing with their operations. Recent reports suggest that they are encircling Hamas’ final two strongholds in northern Gaza, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant claimed on Monday that Hamas battalions in the Jabalya and Shejaiya areas were “on the verge of dismantling”. According to him, the surrendering terrorists had admitted that they are running short of weapon and food supply.

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