Newscast Media WASHINGTON—The U.N. Security Council expressed on Saturday
serious concern about the welfare and protection of civilians, calling for a ceasefire in
hostilities between Palestinians and Israelis.
“The Security Council members called for de-escalation of the situation, restoration of
calm, and reinstitution of the November 2012 ceasefire,” the 15-member body said in
It also expressed “serious concern regarding the crisis related to Gaza and the
protection and welfare of civilians on both sides” and called for respect for
international humanitarian law.
Israel rushed an eighth missile interceptor battery into service on Saturday to
counter stronger-than-expected rocket fire from Gaza as the military pounded civilian
and governmental buildings in the Palestinian enclave for a sixth day.
The United States and Jordan were unable to reach agreement on a Security Council
statement on the crisis earlier this week, diplomats said. Council statements have to
be agreed by consensus.
Palestinian U.N. Ambassador Riyad Mansour accused the council of dragging its feet
and said Saturday’s statement had only been agreed after the Arab Group, the
Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Non-Aligned Movement threatened to
push for a resolution on the issue.
Source: Al Manar TV