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UN Security Council fails to act on Gaza violence

Seven Palestinians have been killed in Gaza

SAMAA | - Posted: Nov 14, 2018 | Last Updated: 3 years ago
Posted: Nov 14, 2018 | Last Updated: 3 years ago

Seven Palestinians have been killed in Gaza

Photo: AFP

The United Nations Security Council meeting on Gaza violence ended in a deadlock as the diplomats said there was no agreement on how to address the crisis.

Kuwait and Bolivia requested the meeting after seven Palestinians were killed in Gaza in Israeli strikes on Monday.

Palestinian Ambassador Riyadh Mansour remarked that the council was ‘paralysed’ and had ‘failed to shoulder its responsibility’ to take action to end the violence.

Related: Israeli troops shoot dead Palestinian during Gaza protests

“There is one country that is not allowing discussion at the council,” Mansour told the media after the 50-minute meeting.

Kuwaiti Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi told reporters after the closed consultations late Tuesday that “we were not able to find a solution to the situation in Gaza” because of divisions in the most powerful U.N. body.

Palestinian militant groups including Hamas, which rules Gaza, issued a joint statement earlier announcing an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire with Israel.

The groups said they would abide by the truce as long as Israel did the same, but there was no immediate comment from the Israeli side.

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