TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will gather the UN Security Council on Thursday to discuss the escalating conflict between Israel and Palestine. Ban described the conflict as a “troubling and volatile” situation.
Quoted from Reuters on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, Ban will meet the 15 members of the Security Council to discuss the violence and serious hostilities between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza since an eight-day war in 2012.
Rwanda, the appointed president of the Security Council for July 2014, said that there would be a briefing by Ban and the Israeli and Palestinian UN ambassadors to find a solution.
“Gaza is on a knife edge,” Ban told reporters on Wednesday. “I firmly condemn the multiple rocket attacks launched from Gaza on Israel. Such attacks are unacceptable and must stop.”
“I also urged [Israeli] Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu to exercise maximum restraint and to respect international obligations to protect civilians. I condemn the rising number of civilian lives lost in Gaza,” Ban said.
The Israeli air strikes as an act on revenge have killed dozens of people. The air strikes yesterday killed 23 people, 17 of whom were civilians and five children.
RINDU P. HESTYA | REUTERS