Diplomats: UN emergency meeting on Gaza on Friday

SDEROT, ISRAEL - JULY 18:  An Israeli reservist troop prays near the Israeli-Gaza border on the morning of July 18, 2014 near Sderot, Israel. Late last night Israeli forces escalated their operation with a ground offensive, sending troops into Gaza. More than 250 Palestinians have lost their lives since Israel began operation 'Protective Edge'.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images) (Andrew Burton, 2014 Getty Images)
Tensions Remain High At Israeli Gaza Border (Andrew Burton, 2014 Getty Images)
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Updated: 7/18 7:39 am

Diplomats say the U.N. Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on the conflict in Gaza on Friday afternoon.

Jordan asked for the meeting after Israel launched a ground invasion of Gaza on Thursday.

The meeting will take place at 3 p.m. EDT (1900 GMT) on Friday, the diplomats said, speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of an official announcement.

Thousands of Israeli soldiers crossed into Gaza on the tenth day campaign of heavy air bombardments to try to destroy Hamas' rocket-firing abilities and the tunnels militants use to infiltrate Israel.


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