Israeli attacks continue, Arab League wants urgent security council meeting

Israeli attacks continue, Arab League wants urgent security council meeting
Tue Jul 8, 2014 20:31:27

The Arab League has requested an urgent meeting in the UN Security Council over Israeli deadly offensive in the besieged Gaza Strip, its Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi said.

Israelis have killed at least fourteen people and left dozens wounded in a number of aggressive attacks in the most serious flare-up in and around the Palestinian territory since November 2012.

An official from the pan-Arab bloc told AFP that Arabi had "instructed the Arab League's UN representative to initiate urgent consultations within the Arab group calling for an emergency security meeting of the Security Council."

Earlier, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas asked the international community to "immediately intervene to halt this dangerous escalation which would lead the region to more destruction and instability."

Arabi said he had been "in touch with president Abbas to follow the latest developments in the Gaza Strip" while also continuing "consultations with Arab foreign ministers on this subject."

He denounced the "dangerous Israeli escalation" and warned against its humanitarian consequences in Gaza.

"The continued attacks on Palestinian civilians by Israel is a flagrant violation of international humanitarian law, the Geneva Convention and international resolutions on occupied Palestine," said the Arab League chief.

Meanwhile, the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), announced it would hold an "extraordinary" ministerial meeting Thursday in the Saudi city of Jeddah to discuss the "intensifying and fierce Israeli campaign against Palestine".


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