Amid fresh violence in Gaza, UN urges both parties to resume talks
Smoke rises from buildings following an Israeli air strike on Gaza City on August 20, 2014. [AFP]
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The United Nations Security Council has called on Israelis and Palestinians to resume negotiations to reach a deal on a long-term truce.
On Wednesday, the 15-member world body expressed "grave concern" over the resumption of violence in the besieged Gaza Strip.
The council unanimously urged the two parties to make efforts to reach a "sustainable and lasting ceasefire."
The members voiced full support for an Egyptian-brokered truce initiative, and the ease of tensions in the coastal enclave.
The world body "called upon the parties to prevent the situation from escalating and to reach an immediate humanitarian ceasefire," said British UN Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant, president of the council for August.
On Tuesday, Tel Aviv resumed its aggression towards Gazans after truce talks collapsed and the Israeli negotiators left the Egyptian capital Cairo.
While the Israelis accused the resistance movement Hamas for violating the truce by firing rockets into Israel, the Palestinians blamed Israel for the collapse of the talks.
Israeli warplanes and tanks have been pounding the blockaded enclave since early July, inflicting heavy losses on the Palestinian land.
Some 2,050 people, mostly civilians, have lost their lives and more than 10,200 have been injured despite pressure from the international community on the Tel Aviv regime to end aggression against Palestinians.
Nearly 400,000 Palestinian children are in immediate need of psychological help due to “catastrophic and tragic impact” of the Israeli war, according to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
The Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, has been launching retaliatory attacks against Israel.