Kerry headed to Cairo to discuss Gaza, Abbas calls for UN meeting
U.S. President Barack Obama called on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to go to Cairo to meet with regional leaders on the crisis in Gaza after over 100 civilians were killed from fighting Sunday, according to Agence France Presse.
Obama allegedly "raised serious concern about the growing number of casualties" in Gaza, including Palestinian civilians and Israeli soldiers Sunday, according to the White House. The top U.S. leader further condemned Hamas' attacks on Israel in his commentary and has told Kerry to travel "soon" to Cairo to help end the humanitarian crisis.
It is not yet clear when Kerry will arrive in the Egyptian capital precisely.
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas also called on the United Nations Security Council to hold an "immediate session" on Gaza Sunday, according to a related AFP report.
"I am calling for an urgent session tonight of the UN Security Council. The situation is intolerable," Abbas said in a televised speech. He further added that the Israeli attack constitute "crimes against humanity."
More than 100 Palestinians were killed from fighting in Gaza Sunday, and 437 have been killed since Israel's Operation Protective Edge was launched 13 days ago. Eighteen Israelis have also been killed from the offensive.