Algeria is circulating a proposed resolution at the United Nations Security Council that would demand an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and order Israel to immediately halt its military offensive on the southern city of Rafah.

The draft resolution, obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday evening, also demands that a ceasefire be respected by all parties. It also calls for the immediate release of all hostages taken during a Hamas attack in southern Israel on October 7.

Some diplomats said they expected an early vote, even on Wednesday.

“We hope this work will be completed as soon as possible because lives are at risk,” Chinese Ambassador Fu Cong told reporters.

US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said: We are waiting to see it and then we will respond.

The United States has vetoed several resolutions calling for a ceasefire in Gaza.

The draft calls for compliance with previous Security Council resolutions, including the opening of all border crossings and humanitarian access to Gaza’s 2.3 million people who are in desperate need of food and other aid.

The proposed resolution states that the dire situation in the Gaza Strip is a threat to regional and international peace and security. It expresses deep concern over the famine spreading in the Gaza Strip and the suffering of Palestinians taking refuge in Rafah.

The resolution demands that Israel “immediately cease its military offensive and any other actions in Rafah.”

The draft condemns the indiscriminate targeting of civilians, including women and children, and civilian infrastructure, and reiterates the Council’s demand that all parties comply with international law requiring the protection of civilians.

Algeria’s ambassador to the United Nations, Amr Bendjama, who is also the Arab representative on the Security Council, told reporters after emergency closed council consultations on Tuesday that he would send the draft resolution to the 15-member council in the evening.

Algeria has called the emergency council meeting as Israel steps up its military operation in Rafah, where more than one million Palestinians have taken refuge. The meeting came after Israeli air strikes on Sunday night set fire to tents at a camp for displaced Palestinians west of Rafah, killing 45 people and wounding more than 100 others.

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first published: 29 May 2024 | 8:45 am First


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