UN Security Council Passes US-Drafted Gaza Cease-Fire Proposal

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The United Nations Security Council on Monday passed a U.S.-drafted cease-fire deal aimed at halting eight months of bloody fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

The draft of the resolution, which President Joe Biden approved, was finalized Sunday after almost a week of negotiations among members of the 15-member council.

For it to pass, the resolution needed at least nine votes in favor and no vetoes by the countries that have the power to send any cease-fire proposal back to the drawing board — the U.S., France, Britain, China or Russia.

China made no move to block it and Russia abstained.

“Today, we voted for peace,” US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield said.

In March, China and Russia vetoed a Gaza ceasefire resolution saying it would give Israel a green light to attack the city of Rafah. Prior to that, it was the U.S. that vetoed three draft resolutions, two of which would have demanded an immediate cease-fire.

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