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Arab League seeks urgent UN Security Council meet on Gaza
Published Tuesday 08/07/2014 (updated) 09/07/2014 22:40
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Smoke billowing after an Israeli air strike on the Gaza Strip, on
July 8, 2014.(AFP/Jack Guez)
CAIRO (AFP) -- The Arab League called Tuesday for the UN Security Council to hold an urgent meeting to discuss the deadly Israeli air campaign against Gaza, Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi said.

At least fourteen people were killed Tuesday and dozens wounded in a number of attacks in the most serious flare-up in and around the Palestinian territory since November 2012.

An official from the pan-Arab bloc told AFP Arabi had "instructed the Arab League's UN representative to initiate urgent consultations within the Arab group calling for an emergency security meeting of the Security Council."

Earlier, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas asked the international community to "immediately intervene to halt this dangerous escalation which would lead the region to more destruction and instability."

Arabi said he had been "in touch with president Abbas to follow the latest developments in the Gaza Strip" while also continuing "consultations with Arab foreign ministers on this subject."

He denounced the "dangerous Israeli escalation" and warned against its humanitarian consequences in Gaza.

"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 the Arab League chief.

Meanwhile, the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), announced it would hold an "extraordinary" ministerial meeting Thursday in the Saudi city of Jeddah to discuss the "intensifying and fierce Israeli campaign against Palestine".

Israeli strikes on Gaza killed at least 14 people on Tuesday and wounded 80 more, the emergency services said in the most serious flare-up in and around the Palestinian territory since November 2012.

The deaths came hours after Israel announced the start of Operation Protective Edge, a military campaign aimed at stamping out rocket fire on southern Israel and destroying Hamas's military infrastructure.

Army figures show that since midnight, militants have fired 130 rockets at southern Israel, while the air force struck 150 "terror targets" in Gaza.
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1 ) Not / Now
08/07/2014 20:15
What is the rush now for UN meeting. Arab League did not see any need of UN involvement yesterday or last week or last month - when Palestinian terrorists were launching every day 20-30 missiles into Israel. Why they want to meet now - because Hamas and Palestinians got pounded for their terror? There is no need in anyone's involvement now - let Israel destroy Gaza and Hamas.

2 ) ben Zalman / USA
08/07/2014 20:26
Why no condemnation of daily non-stop rocket attacks on Israel from Gaza, at one point up to 60 rockets fired in just one hour. Did they really think Israel should just sit on its hands while it is under attack? Do you all really think Israel is this much of a sucker? If you want peace then you have to put peace forward. Hamas has never once declared a desire for peace. Its sad for the Arabs living there that just want to raise families but Hamas must shoulder its responsibilities now.

3 ) Outlier / USA
08/07/2014 20:34
Entirely pro forma. Also a waste of time.

4 ) Rondo Mondo / Canada
08/07/2014 20:37
Maybe the Arab League should put Hamas on their terrorist list and demand the PA arrest and disarm all Hamas members.
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