UNITED NATIONS (NEWSnet/AP) — The United Nations Security Council demanded a cease-fire in Gaza Monday, with the first resolution approved by the council intended to seek a halt to the fighting.

The United States abstained on the resolution, which also demanded the release of all hostages taken captive during Hamas’ Oct. 7 surprise attack in southern Israel.

The vote comes after Russia and China vetoed a U.S.-sponsored resolution Friday that would have supported “an immediate and sustained cease-fire” in the Israeli-Hamas conflict.

The resolution, put forward by the 10 elected council members, is backed by Russia and China and the 22-nation Arab Group at the United Nations.

A statement issued Friday night by the Arab Group appealed to all 15 council members “to act with unity and urgency” and vote for the resolution “to halt the bloodshed, preserve human lives and avert further human suffering and destruction.”

“It is long past time for a cease-fire,” the Arab Group said.

Ramadan began March 10 and ends April 9, which means a cease-fire tied to that month would last for just two weeks, though the intent is a pause in fighting would lead “to a permanent sustainable cease-fire.”

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