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Pro-Palestinian Algeria drafts UN resolution for Immediate ceasefire

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Algeria has submitted a resolution to the United Nations Security Council calling for an immediate halt to Israel's military operations in Rafah and an immediate ceasefire.

Ambassador Amar Bendjama © TOI

Algeria has submitted a resolution to the United Nations Security Council calling for an immediate halt to Israel's military operations in Rafah and an immediate ceasefire.

This proposal, reflecting Algeria's long-standing opposition to Israel, was announced by Algerian UN Ambassador Amar Bendjama following an emergency session of the Security Council held on Tuesday afternoon in New York.

Ambassador Bendjama emphasized the urgency of the situation in Rafah, stating, "We will circulate a short, clear text to the Council members to stop the massacre in Rafah."

The proposed resolution underscores Algeria's commitment to addressing what it perceives as a critical humanitarian crisis.

However, notably absent from the draft resolution is any mention of the hostages taken by Hamas since October 7th.

Algeria has a history of vehement opposition to Israel, rooted in its support for the Palestinian cause dating back to the 1970s. This support has often aligned Algeria with groups and states hostile to Israel, including Hamas, Iran, and Russia. 

This alliance underscores the geopolitical dynamics influencing Algeria's foreign policy and its actions within international bodies like the UN.

Adding to the complexity of Algeria's position is its strained relationship with neighboring Morocco. Tensions between the two countries have heightened since Morocco established diplomatic relations with Israel, a move that Algeria has strongly criticized. This diplomatic rift has further fueled Algeria's efforts to counter Israeli actions on the international stage.

By Antoine Khoury 

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