Arab nations call for emergency UN meeting on Gaza

ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL - JULY 09:  (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli soldiers prepare their Tanks  in a deployment area on July 9, 2014 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. Due to recent escalation in the region, the Israeli army started new deployments at the border with the Gaza Strip. In the past 3 weeks more than 130 rockets where reportedly fired from Gaza into Israel.  (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images) (Lior Mizrahi, 2014 Getty Images)
Tensions Remain High At Israeli Gaza Border (Lior Mizrahi, 2014 Getty Images)
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Updated: 7/09 1:06 pm

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Arab nations are calling for an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council and immediate action to end what they say is Israel's "outrageous onslaught" against Palestinians, especially in Gaza.

Palestinian U.N. envoy Riyad Mansour and ambassadors representing Arab, Islamic and non-aligned nations say that they expect an urgent council meeting to be held very soon. They spoke to reporters after meeting the Security Council president.

"We want the Security Council to shoulder its responsibility and stop this aggression against our people," Mansour said.

He urged the council to adopt a presidential statement or a resolution to protect the Palestinian people and hold those responsible for the attacks accountable.

This will likely prove difficult because of deep divisions in the council, including the strong U.S. support for Israel.


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