Arab League calls on UN to hold emergency meeting on Gaza

Published July 8th, 2014 - 03:23 GMT

The Arab League's top leadership urged the UN Security Council Tuesday to hold an urgent meeting on the recent round of Israeli airstrikes on Gaza that have left dozens wounded, according to Agence France Presse.

Arab League Secretary General Nabil Al Arabi "instructed the Arab League's U.N. representative to initiate urgent consultations within the Arab group calling for an emergency security meeting of the Security Council," according to AFP's official source from the League.

Arabi has also "[denounced the] dangerous Israeli escalation" publicly, and has "warned against its humanitarian consequences in Gaza," according to the AFP report. 

"The continued attacks on Palestinian civilians by Israel is a flagrant violation of international humanitarian law, the Geneva Convention and international resolutions on occupied Palestine," said Arabi.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas also called on the UN and international community earlier this week to "immediately intervene to halt this dangerous escalation which would lead the region to more destruction and instability."

At least 12 people have died from the strikes on Tuesday alone and another 80 individuals have been wounded. 

The strikes have proved to be the most fatal of their kind in nearly two years, according to the AFP report.

Hamas, who controls the Gaza Strip, pledged Tuesday to target "all Israelis" following Monday's airstrike that left seven people dead, including two teenagers, and another 25 wounded in the city of Khan Younis.

"The Khan Yunis massacre... of children is a horrendous war crime, and all Israelis have now become legitimate targets for the resistance," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in a statement.


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