UN Security Council passes US-backed cease-fire resolution for Gaza

The United Nations Security Council adopted a U.S.-backed cease-fire resolution for Gaza on Monday, with Russia abstaining from the vote.

The resolution garnered support from 14 of the 15 council members, delivering a significant diplomatic win for Washington, which had previously vetoed three cease-fire resolutions.

The plan outlines a three-phase approach to end hostilities and address the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

The first phase demands an immediate cease-fire, the release of all hostages in exchange for Palestinians held in Israeli prisons, the return of displaced Gazans to their homes, and the full withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza. The second phase calls for a permanent cease-fire with mutual agreement, while the third phase includes a multiyear reconstruction plan for Gaza and the return of the remains of deceased hostages.

This development coincides with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s visit to the Middle East, underscoring the international push for a resolution to the conflict.