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PA urges UN Security Council action over Israel strikes
Published Wednesday 14/11/2012 (updated) 15/11/2012 07:34
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A man holds a copy of Quran after an Israeli air strike on a car of
Hamas' military chief, Nov. 14, 2012. (Reuters/Mohammed Salem)
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) -- The Palestinian Authority on Wednesday urged the UN Security Council to take a stand on Israel's latest offensive in the Gaza Strip, which it said in a letter to the council amounted to "illegal criminal actions."

"This escalation, which continues at this moment, demands the attention of the international community, including the Security Council, with the aim of averting the further deterioration and destabilization of the situation on the ground and the fueling by Israel of yet another deadly cycle of violence and bloodshed," said Palestinian envoy Riyad Mansour.

In a letter to Indian UN Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri, president of the 15-nation council this month, Mansour added that "a direct message must be sent to Israel to cease its military campaign against the Palestinian people under its occupation, including the cessation of extrajudicial killing."

Israel launched a major offensive against Palestinian militants in Gaza on Wednesday, killing the military commander of Hamas in an air strike and threatening an invasion of the enclave that the Islamist group vowed would "open the gates of hell".

Hamas, not the Palestinian Authority, controls Gaza.

Egypt, whose new Islamist government is still honoring the 1979 peace agreement with Israel, condemned the raids on Gaza as a threat to regional security and withdrew its ambassador from Israel. It also called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council.

A spokesman for the Indian UN mission did not respond immediately to a query about whether the council planned to meet soon about Gaza.

The Security Council has difficulty reaching consensus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, council diplomats say, since the United States works hard to prevent it from taking action that would annoy its close ally Israel.
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1 ) matt / usa
14/11/2012 22:21
But no action in regards to the hundreds of rockets right?

2 ) @ Matt-1 / USA too
15/11/2012 03:28
The choice was simple, either: 1- NOW the PA urging UNSC action over Israel self-defense strikes on Hamas long-range rockets, supplied by Iran, and aimed at Israeli cities, or 2- LATER Israel urging UNSC action over Hamas' war-crime strikes on Israeli cities !!

3 ) Daniel / Australia
15/11/2012 05:43
The UN should move a peacekeeping force into Gaza to demilitarise Hamas and Hezbolah. You can't expect a nation state like Israel to sit still while terrorist organisations constantly fire rockets at it. Enough is enough. If the UN will not act, Israel has every right to.
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