Hamas Welcomes UN Ceasefire Resolution on Gaza War

United Nations Security Council hall, Manhattan, New York

According to a senior Hamas official, the organization is prepared to negotiate after accepting a UN Security Council-sponsored ceasefire resolution.

Hours after the 15-member council voted unanimously in support of the resolution, the Palestinian resistance organization issued a press statement expressing its appreciation. The Security Council resolution demands a lasting truce in Gaza, the complete departure of Israeli forces, and the exchange of hostages. Hamas has stated that it embraces this three-pronged plan.

The Palestinian resistance movement has stated its readiness to collaborate with mediators in indirect discussions to implement principles that are in line with the aspirations of its people and resistance.

Approximately 250 individuals were captured during the Al-Aqsa Storm, a retaliation operation planned by resistance organizations in Gaza, which led to the regime’s decision to begin the war last October. More than 37,000 Palestinians, primarily civilians (including children and women), have been killed as a result of the horrific Israeli military assault. Egypt and Qatar have been mediating talks to reach a ceasefire deal after a previous one in November when Hamas freed 105 detainees taken during the Al-Aqsa Storm.

As part of Washington’s vigorous diplomatic drive to encourage Hamas to embrace the idea of a Gaza ceasefire, the US-drafted resolution in support of the plan was accepted by the UN Security Council. The statement, which received 14 affirmative votes and one negative vote from Russia, “welcomes” the truce and hostage release plan that President Joe Biden presented on May 31 and calls on “parties to implement its terms without delay and condition fully.” Under the terms of the resolution, Israeli forces would be required to pull out, and hostages would be exchanged.

The United Nations Security Council passed a resolution requesting that Hamas accept a hostage-for-ceasefire plan with three stages. The United Nations Human Rights Office has raised the possibility of war crimes in relation to the civilian casualties in Gaza that have occurred as a result of this operation.