The UN General Assembly has passed a resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza in order for humanitarian aid to enter.
On Friday, Oct. 27, UN member states overwhelmingly voted to pass the resolution, proposed by Jordan, which called for an “immediate, durable and sustained humanitarian truce leading to a cessation of hostilities” between Israel and Hamas.
The resolution, which is non-binding, passed with 120 votes in favor, 14 votes against and 45 abstentions.
The 14 countries that voted against the resolution included Israel and its closest ally, the United States, five Pacific island countries and the four European countries of Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic and Hungary.
An amendment proposed by Canada calling for an explicit condemnation of Hamas’s “terrorist” attack on Israel failed to garner two-thirds of support to pass.
Speaking after the vote, Israel’s UN ambassador said the UN no longer held “even one ounce of legitimacy or relevance”, according to the BBC.
“We know there is no humanitarian crisis in accordance with international humanitarian law,” he said, saying the only statistics have come from Hamas.
The surprise attack from Hamas on Oct. 7 killed about 1,400 Israelis, but more than 7,000 Palestinians have now been killed by Israel’s intense retaliatory airstrikes, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza, whose figures have held up in previous rounds of fighting.
Israel has also placed Gaza under a complete siege, blocking food, water, electricity and fuel from the more than 2.2 million people in Gaza.
The internet and phone services to the outside world have been cut after Israel’s bombing destroyed the infrastructure.
UN General Assembly resolutions are not legally binding but carry “incredible weight and moral authority”, according to the United Arab Emirates’ representative.