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PH Senate urged to call for sustained ceasefire in Gaza

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A senator has filed a resolution urging the Senate to call for a sustained ceasefire and adherence to International Humanitarian Law in Gaza amid the ongoing war between Israeli and Hamas forces.

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Senator Robin Padilla has filed proposed Senate Resolution 880 on Dec. 5, barely two months after the attacks launched by Hamas on October 7.

“Resolved, as it is hereby resolved, by the Senate of the Philippines to call for adherence to International Humanitarian Law, a sustained ceasefire, and unhindered humanitarian access in Gaza amid the conflict between Israel and Hamas and other Armed Palestinian Groups,” the document read.

Padilla noted the adoption of United Nations Security Council Resolution 271 on Nov. 15 calling for “urgent and extended humanitarian pauses and corridors through the Gaza Strip to facilitate the provision of essential goods and services.”

He also mentioned the joint call of various heads of United Nations bodies for a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza, as Israeli airstrikes escalated after nearly a month of conflict. The signatories of the joint call include the UN high commissioner for human rights, the chief of the World Health Organization, and the UN aid chief.

Likewise, Padilla noted the statements of the United States “emphasizing” the need to uphold international humanitarian law.

“The U.S. is urging Israel to take additional measures to ensure the protection of innocent civilians during its military operations in Gaza, highlighting the imperative of minimizing harm to non-combatants,” Padilla said in his resolution.

The UN on Tuesday demanded an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war after three-quarters of the 193-member General Assembly backed the move, according to a Reuters report.

Agence France Presse on Monday reported that 18,200 Palestinians and 104 Israeli soldiers have been recorded dead due to the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas. — VDV, GMA Integrated News

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