UN General Assembly to Convene Over Israel-Hamas Conflict After Security Council Deadlock

Rescuers pull a child out of the rubble of a building hit in an Israeli air strike in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on October 24, 2023. PHOTO/AFP

The UN General Assembly is set to convene on Thursday to address the conflict stemming from the attack by Hamas militants on Israel. General Assembly President Dennis Francis scheduled this meeting following formal requests from several states, including Jordan, representing an Arab group of nations, Russia, Syria, Bangladesh, Vietnam, and Cambodia.

Previously, the UN Security Council struggled to reach a resolution regarding the war. Last week, the Security Council rejected a Russian draft resolution calling for a “humanitarian pause.” Only five of the 15 member states supported the text, as it did not name Hamas, which was considered an unacceptable omission by the United States, the United Kingdom, and France.

A subsequent resolution put forward by Brazil was vetoed by the United States since it didn’t mention Israel’s right to defend itself. This resolution received the support of 12 out of 15 Council members, with Russia and the United Kingdom abstaining.

The Security Council is expected to discuss the issue on Tuesday before the General Assembly’s meeting on Thursday at 10:00 am (1400 GMT).

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