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UN Security Council to gather on Sunday for discussion of situation in Israel, Gaza Strip

Source : 112 Ukraine

Besides, UN Secretary-General António Guterres urged to stop violence in Israel and the Gaza Strip
12:52, 14 May 2021

Gaza in smoke after Israeli missile "response"
 AFP 

The UN Security Council will gather to discuss the situation in Israel and the Gaza Strip on Sunday. The U.S. supported this idea soon after the blocking of the meeting planned for Friday as The Times of Israel reported.

“The UN Security Council will meet to discuss the situation in Israel and Gaza on Sunday,” U.S. Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield wrote.

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She underlined that the U.S. will continue to actively engage in diplomacy at the highest levels to try to de-escalate tensions.

The U.S. statement was made a few hours after the attempt was blocked to hold the third extra meeting of the UNSC on Friday. U.S. State Secretary Antony Blinken stated that it was made to “provide time to diplomatic efforts” to play their role.

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US Deputy Assistant Secretary for Israeli and Palestinian Affairs Hady Amr is heading for Israel to hold talks with both sides on the ceasefire.

The U.S. insisted on the holding of the meeting on Tuesday; however, under the pressure of Norway, China and Tunisia, who asked the meeting with another few mission, Washington agreed to hold open meeting on Sunday.

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Besides, UN Secretary-General António Guterres urged to stop violence in Israel and the Gaza Strip on Twitter.

Out of respect for the spirit of Eid, I appeal for an immediate de-escalation and cessation of hostilities in Gaza and Israel. Too many innocent civilians have already died. This conflict can only increase radicalization and extremism in the whole region,” Guterres stated.

As it was reported earlier, on late May 11, a huge missile attack occurred in Tel Aviv and its vicinities. HAMAS movement claimed the responsibility, stating that 130 missiles were fired in the direction of the Israeli capital city. According to the outlet, the alarm sirens blared in practically every large settlement in Israel, as the rockets fell in the downtown of Tel Aviv and its suburbs; it became arguably the largest missile attack on Israel so far. The shooting began at about 8.45 p.m. local time. The missiles fell in several central districts of the country. Some projectiles hit their targets, but most of the rockets were downed by the anti-missile defense system, the Iron Dome.

Related: Hamas keeps firing missiles at Israel, IDF deploy airstrikes in Gaza

According to Aviv Kochavi, Chief of the General Staff of the IDF, the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) landed attacks on more than 500 targets in the Gaza Strip, killing dozens of Palestinian militants. 

 

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