American support for Israel prevented the Security Council on previous occasions from demanding a ceasefire in Gaza (Reuters)

Reuters said it had seen a draft of a US resolution in the UN Security Council that “affirms support for a temporary ceasefire in Gaza as soon as possible.”

The draft resolution also states: “Under the current circumstances, any major ground attack on Rafah will cause further harm to civilians, and may lead to their displacement to neighboring countries.”

The American draft stated that such a step “would have serious implications for regional peace and security, and therefore the necessity of not proceeding with such a major ground attack under the current circumstances must be emphasized.”

It is not yet clear if or when the draft resolution will be put to a vote.

The United States put forward the draft resolution after Algeria requested that the Council - consisting of 15 members - vote tomorrow, Tuesday, on a draft resolution demanding an immediate ceasefire in Gaza for humanitarian reasons.

European invitation

In a related context, European Union foreign policy official Josep Borrell told reporters - today, Monday - that 26 out of 27 European Union member states are calling for an “immediate humanitarian truce” that leads to a “sustainable ceasefire” in Gaza.

Borrell added that those countries agreed to "demand an immediate humanitarian truce that would lead to a sustainable ceasefire, the unconditional release of hostages and the provision of humanitarian assistance."

Borrell did not name which EU member state did not agree to the statement, but diplomats say Hungary blocked a

similar statement a few days ago.

The Israeli occupation army is preparing to launch a military ground operation in the city of Rafah, south of Gaza, where more than a million Palestinians are gathered, the majority of whom have left their cities in the northern Gaza Strip due to the continuous Israeli bombing since the seventh of last October.

Since last October 7, the Israeli occupation army has been waging a devastating war on the Gaza Strip, which has led to the death of about 29,000 people and more than 68,000 injuries, in addition to the destruction of various cities and the displacement and starvation of residents.

Source: Al Jazeera + Reuters