UN Security Council adopts resolution over conflict in Gaza

The UN Security Council has adopted a resolution calling for "urgent and extended humanitarian pauses" in fighting in the Gaza Strip. This came after four unsuccessful attempts to respond to the Israel-Hamas conflict.

The council voted on a draft resolution presented by Malta at an emergency session on Wednesday.

The draft expressed deep concerns about the worsening humanitarian situation in Gaza and its impact on children in particular.

The document demanded compliance with international law with regard to the protection of civilians, especially children. It also called for humanitarian pauses in the fighting to get relief supplies to children.

Twelve members, including Japan, France and China, voted in favor. The United States, Britain and Russia abstained.

Previous resolutions were rejected due to differences between the US, which defends Israel's position, and Russia and China, which support Palestinians.

The latest draft focused on improving the humanitarian situation of children to allow countries to compromise.

More than 4,600 children have been killed in Israeli strikes in Gaza.

It is unclear whether the resolution will help improve humanitarian conditions in Gaza. Israel says it has already held humanitarian pauses and insists that Hamas are using civilians as human shields.