The 193-member UN General Assembly passed the resolution calling for a ceasefire with 153 countries voting in favour and 23 abstaining. The US and Israel voted against the measure along with eight other countries.
The non-binding resolution, presented by Egypt with the support of nearly 100 countries, including Türkiye, was passed during an emergency special session on Palestine.
In addition to demanding a ceasefire, the resolution expressed grave concern over the "catastrophic humanitarian situation" in the Gaza Strip and the suffering of Palestinian civilians.
WCC general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Jerry Pillay said that the resolution reflects what the WCC has been urgently calling for: an immediate unconditional ceasefire. Pillay said. “We must end this terrible trauma in both Palestine and Israel.”
“We hereby call for a new approach, whereby international law and all UN Security Council resolutions relevant to the conflict in the Middle East are respected, implemented, and adhered to,” said Pillay. “We can no longer afford to proceed by setting a precedents whereby international legality and law and order are allowed to crumble. The ongoing Gaza War sets a dangerous precedent for future conflicts where international law may not be respected.”