UN Security Council calls meeting on Gaza at request of Arab League

The UN Security Council will meet Tuesday to discuss the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip following Israel's closure of all border crossings into the area last week. The meeting, which comes a day ahead of the council's planned consultations on the Middle East, including Israel and the Palestinian territories, was suggested by the Arab League which had gathered for an emergency meeting in Cairo earlier Monday to discuss the situation in Gaza. "The (Arab League) council requested appropriate measures ... be taken by the Security Council to bring an immediate end to this onslaught of attacks against our people, particularly in the Gaza Strip," Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian UN observer, told reporters.