Malaysia joins 120 countries in calling for Gaza truce
28 October 2023
By Wartawan Nabalu News
KOTA KINABALU: The UN General Assembly has passed a resolution urging an immediate humanitarian truce between Israel and Hamas, with Malaysia among the 120 countries that voted in favour.
The resolution, drafted by Arab states, was adopted by a margin of 120 to 14, with 45 abstentions. The US and Israel opposed it, while Canada proposed an amendment that failed to get enough support.
The resolution is non-binding, but reflects global opinion as the conflict enters its third week, with more than thousands of people killed and Gaza under heavy bombardment.
The resolution calls for a cessation of hostilities, humanitarian aid for Gaza, and firmly rejects any attempts at the forced transfer of the Palestinian civilian population.
It also stresses the need to avoid a wider escalation of the fighting and demands increased humanitarian aid for Gaza, where only a small handful of trucks carrying aid have been allowed to enter over the last week.