UN Security Council Prepares for Vote on Gaza Ceasefire Resolution

Everyone's eyes are on the UN Security Council right now.

by Faruk Imamovic
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UN Security Council Prepares for Vote on Gaza Ceasefire Resolution
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Everyone's eyes are on the UN Security Council right now. They're gearing up for a big vote this Friday, where they'll decide on a resolution pushed by the US. This resolution is all about getting both sides to stop fighting in Gaza right away.

The European Union is also stepping in, asking for a pause in the fighting to help civilians caught in the middle. This puts a lot of pressure on Israel to stop its heavy attacks in Gaza that have been going on for five months.

Recently, the US has started to change its tune. Even though they've always been seen as firmly on Israel's side, they're now speaking up more about the need to stop the fighting. This change shows that people and countries around the world are really upset about the war, which has been devastating, with around 32,000 Palestinians losing their lives and pushing the area to the edge of a humanitarian disaster.

A Deeper Dive into the Ceasefire Proposal

The ceasefire resolution that the US is proposing is a big deal. It's asking for the fighting to stop right away to keep civilians safe and make sure aid can get through without any problems.

It's also pushing for the release of people taken by Hamas during an attack on October 7, hoping this could help bring an end to the conflict. Even though the US has in the past said no to similar ceasefire requests, this time they're really stepping up.

They're doing this even as there are warnings that Gaza could be facing a severe famine soon, made worse by Israel keeping a tight control on what can come in and out of Gaza.

Striving for Peace

The European Union is calling on Israel to think twice about a big military move in Rafah, a city where over a million Palestinians have sought safety from the war.

There's still hope for peace, as talks continue with the help of the US, Qatar, and Egypt in Doha. Israel's top spy is even joining the talks to try to find a way forward. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who's been working hard on this issue, is hopeful that a deal can be reached between Israel and Hamas.

The talks could lead to a short break in fighting, with the idea of swapping 40 Israeli captives for hundreds of Palestinians currently in jail in Israel.

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