UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The U.N. Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on Sunday night, said diplomats, to discuss almost two weeks of fighting between Israel & the Islamist Hamas group in the Palestinian Gaza Strip that has cost more than 400 lives.
Jordan requested the meeting after more than 60 Palestinians & 13 Israeli soldiers were killed as Israel shelled Gaza's Shejaia neighborhood & battled militants in the bloodiest fighting in the 13-day offensive.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who is in the Middle East in a bid to assist broker a ceasefire, condemned on Sunday as an "atrocious action" the killings in Shejaia & called for an immediate end to the fighting.
p> Ban was in Qatar on Sunday & is moreover due to visit Cairo, Jerusalem & Ramallah in the West Bank.
The Security Council on July 12 called for a ceasefire between Palestinians & Israelis & expressed serious concern approximately the welfare & protection of civilians on both sides. The United States, a close Israeli ally, agreed to the statement after the Arab Group threatened to push for a resolution.
(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)
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