India Votes In Favour Of UN Resolution Demanding Gaza Ceasefire

India had abstained on a similar resolution that called for an immediate humanitarian truce in the Israel-Hamas conflict in October.
India Votes In Favour Of UN Resolution Demanding Gaza Ceasefire
Anjali Raj / Jaano Junction

New Delhi: India on Tuesday voted in favour of a draft resolution in the United Nations General Assembly that demanded an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict as well as the unconditional release of all hostages.

The resolution demanding an immediate humanitarian ceasefire was sponsored by several countries, including Algeria, Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Palestine, among others. Ten countries including the United States and Israel voted against it, while 23 abstained.

"It's a historic day in terms of the powerful message that was sent from the General Assembly," Palestinian envoy to the United Nations Riyad Mansour said as quoted by news agency AFP.

The draft resolution did not mention Hamas, prompting the US, Israel's strongest ally, to propose an amendment to the draft with the paragraph: "Unequivocally rejects and condemns the heinous terrorist attacks by Hamas that took place in Israel starting 7 October 2023 and the taking of hostages."

India voted in favour of this amendment.

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