New York 10-27-2023 WAFA – The United Nations General Assembly adopted, this evening, Friday, a resolution calling for an immediate humanitarian truce in the Gaza Strip.

120 countries voted in favor of the resolution, 14 opposed it, while 45 countries abstained from voting.

The Kingdom of Jordan submitted the draft resolution on behalf of the Arab Group, and dozens of countries adopted it, and it calls for an immediate, permanent and sustainable humanitarian truce leading to a cessation of hostilities.

The draft resolution, “Protecting Civilians and Adhering to Legal and Humanitarian Obligations,” was voted on in the emergency and special session that the General Assembly began yesterday, to discuss the occupation’s aggression against the Gaza Strip.

The following are the most prominent provisions of the decision:

  • The United Nations calls for an immediate, permanent and sustainable humanitarian truce leading to the cessation of hostilities.
  • All parties demand immediate and full compliance with their obligations under international law, including international humanitarian law and international human rights law, in particular with regard to the protection of civilians and civilian objects, as well as the protection of humanitarian workers, persons hors de combat, humanitarian facilities and assets, and to enable and facilitate Humanitarian access of essential supplies and services to all civilians in need in the Gaza Strip.
  • Also calls for the urgent, continuous and adequate provision of essential goods and services to civilians throughout the Gaza Strip, including, but not limited to, water, food, medical supplies, fuel and electricity, stressing the need to ensure, under international humanitarian law. Do not deprive civilians of things that are indispensable to their survival.
  • Calls for immediate, full, sustained, safe and unhindered humanitarian assistance to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), other United Nations humanitarian agencies, the International Committee of the Red Cross and all other humanitarian organizations and organizations that support humanitarian principles and provide urgent assistance to civilians in Gaza It encourages the establishment of humanitarian corridors and other initiatives to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid to civilians, and welcomes the efforts made in this regard.
  • Also calls for the repeal of the order issued by Israel, the occupying Power, for Palestinian civilians and United Nations personnel, as well as humanitarian and medical personnel, to evacuate all areas in the Gaza Strip north of the Gaza Valley and to move to southern Gaza, and notes and reiterates that civilians are protected under international law Humanitarian law and they should receive humanitarian assistance wherever they are, and reaffirms the need to take appropriate steps to ensure the safety and well-being of civilians, especially children, and to protect and secure their safety.
  • Strongly rejects any attempts to forcibly transfer the Palestinian civilian population.
  • Calls for respect and protection, in accordance with international standards and humanitarian law, for all civilian and humanitarian facilities, including hospitals and other medical facilities, as well as means of transportation and equipment, schools, places of worship and United Nations facilities, as well as humanitarian facilities and medical personnel, journalists and media professionals. and individuals associated with them, in the armed conflict in the region.
  • Emphasizes the extremely serious impact that armed conflict has on women and children, including refugees and displaced persons, as well as on other civilians who may have specific vulnerabilities, including persons with disabilities and older persons.
  • It also stresses the need to urgently establish a mechanism to ensure the protection of the Palestinian civilian population, in accordance with international law and relevant United Nations resolutions.
  • It also stresses the importance of the humanitarian notification mechanism to ensure the protection of United Nations facilities and all humanitarian facilities, and to ensure the unhindered movement of aid convoys.
  • Emphasizes the importance of preventing further destabilization and escalation of violence in the region, and in this regard calls on all parties to exercise the utmost restraint and for everyone who has influence over them to work to achieve this goal.
  • Reaffirms the necessity of reaching a just and lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which can only be achieved by peaceful means, based on the relevant United Nations resolutions and in accordance with international law, and on the basis of the two-state solution.

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