As Operation Protective Edge enters its 21st day, international calls for an immediate cease-fire are loud and echoing.
The UN Security Council held an emergency meeting early Monday and called for “an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza.”
The 15-nation council said that the cease-fire would enable the delivery of much needed aid to enter Gaza.
Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations, Riyah Mansour, was hoping that the UN would pass a resolution calling for the withdrawal of Israeli troops from Gaza.
Instead, the UN Security Council stated its support for “a comprehensive peace based on the vision of a region where two democratic states, Israel and Palestine, live side by side in peace with secure and recognised borders as envisioned in Security Council resolution 1850 (2008).”
Ambassador Mansour commented on the security council session saying, “They should have adopted a resolution a long time ago to condemn this aggression and to call for it to be stopped immediately, to provide the Palestinian people with protection and to lift the siege against our people in the Gaza Strip.”
Israeli Ambassador at the UN also upset with the results of the session said that the UN statement “miraculously managed not to mention Hamas, or rockets, or Israel’s right to defend its citizens.”
Meanwhile, US President Barack Obama called on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to urge “an immediate and unconditional cease-fire,” citing his “serious concern” over the deaths in Gaza.
According to the Ministry of Health in Gaza, at least 1,062 Palestinians have been killed and 6,037 wounded, since the start of Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, three weeks ago.
The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) said that 43 IDF soldiers and two civilians were killed.
A temporary truce is now in effect marking the Muslim holiday of Eid Al-Fitr.