Arab League to hold emergency session on Gaza

Abbas instructs PA representative in the United Nations to call urgent Security Council session in effort to halt IDF strikes.

By JPOST.COM STAFF, REUTERS
August 20, 2011 12:36
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Arab League in Cairo

Arab League Reuters 311. (photo credit: Reuters/ Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

The Arab League will hold an urgent meeting on Sunday to discuss an Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip that killed 15 Palestinians, a spokesman said Saturday.

"The Arab League received a request from the Palestinian state ... and after negotiations it decided to host an urgent meeting on the level of the permanent representatives at 12 p.m. tomorrow," Mahmoud Abdel Aziz said.


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Also on Saturday, 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, according to a statement by Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat cited by Palestinian media.

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 Israelis dead.

Gil Shefler contributed to this report.


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