India votes for UN resolution against settlements in Palestine
India has voted in favour of a United Nations (UN) resolution titled "Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the occupied Syrian Golan" according to reports from the Indian media.
The vote made India one of 145 nations who have supported the resolution. Seven nations - namely Canada, Hungary, Israel, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru and United States - have voted against it. A total of 18 nations abstained from the vote, including Cote D'Ivore, Czechia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, Georgia, Guatemala, Malawi, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Togo, Uruguay, and Vanuatu.
The move was welcomed by Trinamool Congress MP Saket Gokhale, who took to social networking site X to share the a photo of the voting on the resolution.
Last month, India had abstained from voting on a Jordan-led draft resolution in the UN General Assembly that called for an immediate humanitarian truce in the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict and an "unhindered" humanitarian access to the war-ravaged region. The draft had no mention of the Hamas in it.
The Jordan-drafted resolution titled 'Protection of civilians and upholding legal and humanitarian obligations' was adopted with 120 nations voting in its favour, 14 against it and 45 abstaining. India, Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Ukraine and the UK abstained from voting.
The ongoing Israel-Gaza conflict began after terrorists from Hamas launched a surprise air and ground attack on Israel, killing over 1,200 people.