Mahmoud Abbas 311.
(photo credit: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called for an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council in an effort to halt Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said in a statement Saturday morning Palestinian media reported.
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According to the statement, Abbas instructed Palestinian representative at the United Nations Riyad Mansour to call for an urgent session of the Security Council to discuss the airstrikes on Gaza.
On Friday, Lebanon threatened to use its veto
in the Security Council, thwarting the passage of a resolution
condemning the terror attacks in southern Israel which left eight
Beirut, currently one of the rotating non-permanent members of the
Council, demanded that the statement drafted by the Israeli delegation
be amended to include criticism of Israel’s retaliatory air strikes on
Gaza that killed seven Palestinians including the leader of a militant
Rather than change the wording of the statement Israel decided not to
bring it for a vote which would need to the approval of all 15 members
of the council including Lebanon to become a resolution.