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UN to vote on cease-fire resolution for Israel-Hamas conflict

Netanyahu is determined to pursue military action in Rafah

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The United Nations Security Council is gearing up for a crucial vote on a resolution proposed by the United States, emphasizing the urgent need for an immediate and lasting cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas conflict in Gaza. The resolution aims to safeguard civilians and facilitate humanitarian aid delivery to over 2 million Palestinians in need.

According to a report on AP, U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield expressed optimism about the resolution's approval, highlighting its stronger stance compared to previous drafts. The new version prioritizes a cease-fire without tying it directly to hostage release demands.

However, Russia's deputy U.N. ambassador Dmitry Polyansky raised concerns about the wording of the draft, insisting on an explicit call for an immediate cease-fire. This comes amid intensified diplomatic efforts led by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

The Security Council's history of addressing the Gaza crisis includes previous resolutions on humanitarian aid but none specifically calling for a cease-fire. Both the U.S. and its allies and Russia and China have used their veto powers, reflecting deep divisions within the council.

As the vote approaches, Blinken continues his diplomatic engagements in the region, seeking to broker a cease-fire and secure the release of hostages. The resolution also faces competition from an alternative proposal by the council's elected members, emphasizing a humanitarian cease-fire for Ramadan and the unconditional release of hostages.

The dire humanitarian situation in Gaza, exacerbated by the conflict, is drawing global attention, with concerns of famine and epidemics looming large. The international community is under pressure to act swiftly to avert further suffering among civilians.

Amid escalating tensions, Israel faces calls to ease aid access to Gaza and consider a cease-fire. However, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu remains determined to pursue military action in areas like Rafah, citing security concerns.

The final U.S. draft condemns terrorism and Hamas-led attacks, marking a significant shift in the council's approach to the conflict. As the world watches, the outcome of the vote could have far-reaching implications for the region's stability and the welfare of millions caught in the crossfire.

[With information sourced from AP]

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