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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