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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Cabinet on Tuesday reiterated the Kingdom’s backing of the UN Security Council resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

On Monday, and for the first time in 170 days of the war in Gaza between Israel and Hamas, the UN Security Council demanded an immediate ceasefire, lasting for the duration of Ramadan.

The US, which had vetoed previous similar resolutions, abstained. By doing this instead of using its power of veto, it allowed the resolution to pass. With all other members of the council voting in favor, the 14-0 result drew a rare round of applause in the council chamber.

In a weekly Cabinet session chaired by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah, the ministers reviewed Saudi Arabia’s efforts, in cooperation with its partners in the region and the world, to find a solution to the deteriorating humanitarian conditions in the Gaza Strip.

Locally, the government affirmed continuous attention and support for national efforts and initiatives aimed at providing housing for the most needy families in the Kingdom, including working to achieve the objectives of the Jood Eskan charity housing campaign.

King Salman and the Crown Prince on Sunday made donations of SR100 and SR50 millions, respectively, to the campaign, which is affiliated with the Jood Housing platform.

The Cabinet said that the annual Saudi Green Initiative Day, which falls on the 27th of March, comes to consolidate the Kingdom’s interest in environmental issues locally and internationally, and to support its approach to leading the green era and climate action.

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