NEW YORK, July 21, 2014 (WAFA) – The UN Security Council, during a meeting on Monday, expressed “serious concern at the escalation of violence” in Gaza, calling for an immediate ceasefire.
The call came as the UN Security Council convened in an emergency session at the request of Jordan and Turkey following a call by President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday, who had earlier asked for “restoring the ceasefire agreement of 2012” between Israel and Hamas.
“The members of the Security Council expressed serious concern over the growing number of casualties. The members of the Security Council called for an immediate cessation of hostilities,” Rwandan UN Ambassador Eugene Gasana told journalists after the meeting.
“The members of the Security Council called for respect of international humanitarian law including protection of civilians,’ Gasana added.
A press statement issued by the Security Council expressed ‘serious concern at the escalation of violence,’ and called for the protection of civilians under international humanitarian law, saying it was troubled by the growing number of casualties, reported fox news.
Jeffrey Feltman, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, noted to the vast humanitarian needs of Gazan Palestinians, especially that around 83 thousand people have sought refuge at UN-administered schools in the Gaza Strip.