ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 149

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UN General Assembly set to vote on nonbinding draft resolution demanding Gaza ceasefire

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addresses the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly at United Nations headquarters in New York City, September 19, 2023. (AP/Mary Altaffer)
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addresses the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly at United Nations headquarters in New York City, September 19, 2023. (AP/Mary Altaffer)

The UN General Assembly has scheduled an emergency meeting for tomorrow to vote on a draft resolution demanding an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza.

Assembly President Dennis Francis sends a letter to the 193 UN member states saying the meeting has been requested by the 22-member Arab Group and 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations, tells The Associated Press that the draft resolution to be voted on is similar to the Security Council resolution the United States vetoed on Friday.

Mansour says that resolution was cosponsored by 103 countries and he is hoping for more cosponsors and a high vote.

There are no vetoes in the General Assembly, but unlike the Security Council its resolutions are not legally binding.

The US vetoed Friday’s resolution, which demanded a ceasefire but failed to condemn Hamas’s October 7 massacres in Israel — in which thousands of terrorists killed about 1,200 people, mostly civilians, and took about 240 hostages — or to acknowledge Israel’s right to defend itself.

A temporary truce between Israel and Hamas ended on December 1 after it was violated by the Gaza terror group.

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