The UN Security Council met Wednesday to discuss the crisis in the Palestinian territories and Israel, where at least 265 people have died in eight weeks of relentless violence.
The meeting was held at the request of Libya, which asked the council to consider what measures it should take to protect the Palestinian people from Israeli military force and collective punishment.
Libya is the current chairman of the Arab group of countries at the United Nations.
It is not a member of the council, but asked permission to take part in the formal, public debate.
The meeting began 33 years to the day after the council adopted its historic Resolution 242, the cornerstone of all subsequent efforts to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict.
The resolution called on Israel to withdraw from territories occupied in the 1967 war, and on all states in the region to recognize each other's right to live "within secure and recognized boundaries." -- UNITED NATIONS (AFP)
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