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UN General Assembly calls for cease-fire in Gaza with majority of 120 countries

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Friday voted on the Arab draft resolution regarding Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip.

The UNGA adopted the project, proposed by Jordan acting on behalf of Arab countries, which calls for a halt to military operations and the entry of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip.

The approval of the Arab draft resolution came with a majority of 120 votes – however the UN’s adoption of the resolution is not binding.

Fourteen countries voted against the resolution while 45 abstained from voting.

At the start of the resumption of the session Friday afternoon Jordan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Mahmoud Hamoud, reviewed the draft resolution.

Hamoud asked for a vote first on an amendment submitted by Canada to the draft resolution, expressing his opposition to the amendment.

The Canadian amendment calls for the “unequivocal rejection and condemnation of the terrorist attacks launched by Hamas in Israel since October 7, and the taking of hostages.”

The amendment failed to obtain the required two-thirds majority.

The Israeli army announced Friday evening the expansion of its ground operations in the Gaza Strip, coinciding with an unprecedented Israeli airstrike on the Gaza Strip.

On Friday the Israeli Air Force launched several consecutive airstrikes on northern Gaza, the heaviest since the war broke out, which led to a complete cut-off of communications and the Internet in the sector.

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