The United Nations Security Council has approved a resolution, promoted by Algeria and nine other non-permanent member states, calling for an “immediate” ceasefire during the month of Ramadan in the Gaza Strip. More than 32,300 people have died as a result of an Israeli military offensive to the Palestinian enclave. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres released the resolution on social media, calling for an immediate ceasefire and the release of all hostages.

The resolution was adopted with 14 votes in favor, no votes against and one abstention from the United States. Despite Russia’s amendment calling for stronger language in the resolution, it was rejected by the council. The Algerian ambassador to the UN praised the Council for fulfilling its responsibility to maintain international peace and security.

The representative of the United States at the UN expressed support for the goals of the resolution and called on all member states to put pressure on Hamas to accept the ceasefire agreement. The resolution calls for an immediate ceasefire during Ramadan,

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