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United Nations General Assembly Backs Immediate Ceasefire in Gaza

One hundred fifty-three countries approved the non-binding ceasefire resolution.
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The United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday voted to approve a call for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip as the Israel invasion of the coastal territory progresses.

One hundred fifty three countries approved the non-binding ceasefire resolution, according to CNN. Ten opposed the measure and 23 abstained.

The vote follows a failed attempt by the U.N. Security Council to issue a binding call for a ceasefire, which the U.S. vetoed last week. The UNGA in October approved a similar non-binding resolution, though CNN highlighted that Tuesday's measure contained stronger language.

It further comes amid mounting tensions between the United States and the Israeli government under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. President Joe Biden on Tuesday suggested that the country was losing international support due to its bombing campaign in the Gaza Strip that has caused considerable civilian casualties.

"Israel's security can rest on the United States, but right now it has more than the United States. It has the European Union, it has Europe, it has most of the world … But they're starting to lose that support by indiscriminate bombing that takes place," he said. "[Netanyahu] has to change this government. This government in Israel is making it very difficult."

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