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UN Security Council Calls For Ceasefire in The Gaza Conflict


 by Joseph Earnest July 14, 2014   


Newscast Media WASHINGTONThe U.N. Security Council expressed on Saturday serious concern about the welfare and protection of civilians, calling for a ceasefire in hostilities between Palestinians and Israelis.

"The Security Council members called for de-escalation of the situation, restoration of calm, and reinstitution of the November 2012 ceasefire," the 15-member body said in a statement.

It also expressed "serious concern regarding the crisis related to Gaza and the protection and welfare of civilians on both sides" and called for respect for international humanitarian law.

Israel rushed an eighth missile interceptor battery into service on Saturday to counter stronger-than-expected rocket fire from Gaza as the military pounded civilian and governmental buildings in the Palestinian enclave for a sixth day.

The United States and Jordan were unable to reach agreement on a Security Council statement on the crisis earlier this week, diplomats said. Council statements have to be agreed by consensus.

Palestinian U.N. Ambassador Riyad Mansour accused the council of dragging its feet and said Saturday's statement had only been agreed after the Arab Group, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Non-Aligned Movement threatened to push for a resolution on the issue. Add Comments>>

Source: Al Manar TV











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