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UN General Assembly calls for Gaza ceasefire and release of hostages

The UN has adopted a resolution demanding a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza, as well as the “immediate and unconditional” release of all hostages, in the latest sign that Israel is losing international support. 

The resolution passed with 153 members of the General Assembly voting in favour, including China, Russia and France.

Austria, the US and Israel were three of only 10 countries that voted against the resolution, while 23 abstained from the vote. 

Austria’s ambassador introduced an amendment to the resolution that specified Hamas’s role in the conflict, but the amendment failed to pass the vote. 

The US and Israeli ambassadors to the UN both criticised the resolution for failing to condemn Hamas.

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