European Parliament issues call for a ‘humanitarian pause’ in Gaza

Palestinians inspect the damage of a destroyed building following Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City, Oct. 19, 2023. (AP Photo/Abed Khaled)
Palestinians inspect the damage of a destroyed building following Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City, Oct. 19, 2023. (AP Photo/Abed Khaled)

The European Parliament calls for a “humanitarian pause” in Gaza to make sure aid can reach the needy and stresses that Israel’s right to defend itself can only be done within the strictures of international law.

In the nonbinding resolution adopted by a 500-21 vote, with 24 abstentions, European lawmakers also call for the immediate release of all hostages kidnapped by Hamas.

The call for a “humanitarian pause” stops short of demanding a ceasefire.

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