The Un Security Council early Sunday expressed serious concern at the escalating situation in Gaza and called on Israel and the Palestinians to immediately halt all violence and military activities.
The Un's most powerful body issued a statement after more than four hours of emergency consultations that began Saturday night that also stressed the need for a cease-fire to be restored between Israel and Gaza's Islamic Hamas rulers.
The Security Council also called for the opening of border crossings into Gaza "to address the serious humanitarian and economic needs in Gaza" and ensure a continuous supply of food and fuel as well as medical treatment.
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