NEW YORK, August 21, 2014 (WAFA) – The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday expressed ‘grave concern’ over the resumption of “hostilities” in Gaza between Israel and Palestinians and called upon the parties to resume negotiations to urgently reach a ‘sustainable and lasting ceasefire,’ reported the Reuters news agency.
The council adopted a statement – with all 15 members voting in favor of the statement – stressing its full support to the Egyptian initiative and calling upon the parties to prevent the situation from escalating and to reach an immediate humanitarian ceasefire,’ said British U.N. Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant, president of the council for August.
The U.N. Security Council’s statement was, according to diplomats, a prelude for issuing a UN resolution in case the Israelis and the Palestinians are not back again to Cairo for talks on restoring calm.
Hostilities resumed on Tuesday, shattering a 10-day period of calm, which had been the longest break from fighting since Israel launched its Gaza offensive on July 8 in a bid to end rocket fire into its territory.