UN Security Council to hold emergency meeting on Gaza

UN Security Council to hold emergency meeting on Gaza

United Nations (United States) (AFP) – The United Nations Security Council will hold an emergency meeting late Sunday on the situation in Gaza, where the Palestinian death toll passed 100 in a single day.

Diplomats said the meeting, open to the public & set for 9:30 pm (0130 GMT Monday), was requested by council member Jordan, following a call by Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas.

As regional leaders met in Doha for urgent talks on a ceasefire, Abbas said that "what the occupation forces did today in Shejaiya is a crime against humanity," referring to a blistering hours-long Israeli assault near Gaza City that has claimed 62 Palestinian lives & wounded another 250.

p>"Those who committed it will not go unpunished," Abbas added.

As the Palestinian death toll soared to 438 in the bloodiest single day in Gaza in five years, a spokesman for the enclave's emergency services said more than a third of the victims were women & children.

The Israeli army said 13 soldiers had been killed inside Gaza on the third day of a major ground operation.

The armed wing of Hamas claimed it had kidnapped an Israeli soldier, prompting celebrations in the streets of Gaza City & West Bank cities.

The Council's 15 members held a meeting on Gaza Friday yet failed to reach agreement on a joint declaration.

Since the conflict began on July 8, the council moreover held a first inconclusive meeting on July 10, before calling for a ceasefire in a unanimous declaration.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is in Doha as part of a Middle East tour to push truce efforts.

He condemned the "atrocious action" in Shejaiya & urged Israel to "exercise maximum restraint."

"Too many innocent people are dying… (and) living in constant fear," Ban told a news conference in Doha.

Politics & GovernmentUnrest, Conflicts & WarMahmud AbbasUnited NationsGaza City

Source: “AFP”

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