UN Security Council calls for humanitarian pauses in Gaza

by ian

The U.N. Security Council has passed a resolution demanding an extended humanitarian pause in Gaza. The resolution calls for a multi-day ceasefire to allow for “full, rapid, safe, and unhindered humanitarian access.”

It’s the first time in over a month the council successfully adopted a resolution on the Israel-Hamas conflict. But it had two glaring omissions: it neither condemns Hamas for the terror attack on Israel nor affirms Israel’s right to self-defense.

The resolutions passed with twelve votes. The U.S., U.K., and Russia – all with veto powers – abstained.

This comes as fears are rising that the heavily populated safe zone in south Gaza won’t be safe much longer. Israel dropped leaflets into four villages warning civilians to evacuate. Over 1 million Gazans are considered homeless with many of those displaced to the south.