UN Security Council postpones vote on Gaza resolution for fourth time

The UN Security Council has once again postponed the vote on a resolution regarding the situation in Gaza, marking the fourth delay amid the ongoing Israeli aggression on the besieged territory.

This latest postponement comes after the United States announced its readiness to support the latest version of the resolution, urging “urgent measures” to improve humanitarian aid access to Gaza. 

Diplomatic sources pointed out that the vote on the revised resolution is expected to take place on Friday. The new resolution, formulated on Thursday, calls for urgent measures to immediately enable safe and unobstructed access to humanitarian assistance, as well as creating conditions for a permanent cessation of hostilities.

The fresh resolution abandons the call for an “urgent and permanent” halt to hostilities present in its original version. It also removes the plea for an “urgent suspension” of hostilities, a milder expression found in a later version but omitted in the new draft.

Originally scheduled for Monday, the vote has been repeatedly postponed, with the latest delay announced on Thursday evening. 

Despite unprecedented pressure from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres earlier this month, the United States has vetoed the adoption of a resolution calling for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza, where Israeli aggression has persisted since October 7.

Last week, the General Assembly approved the same resolution with 153 votes in favor, 10 against, and 23 abstentions out of 193 member states. However, the UN General Assembly decisions are not binding.

Following this overwhelming support, the United Arab Emirates presented the new resolution to the Security Council.

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