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UNSC calls for truce in Gaza

The UN Security Council has called for a ceasefire between Israelis and Palestinians.

Ambassador Eugene Richard Gasana of Rwanda, Security Council President for July, released a press statement on Saturday.

The statement expressed serious concern regarding the crisis in the Palestinian autonomous region of the Gaza Strip.

It calls for the de-escalation of the situation and the reinstitution of the 2012 ceasefire between Israelis and Palestinians.

It also urges the protection and welfare of civilians in both Israel and Gaza in line with international humanitarian law.

Palestinian UN envoy Riyad Mansour expressed frustration that it took more than 2 days for the Security Council to issue the statement after it first met for emergency talks. He urged the council to increase pressure on Israel if it doesn't abide by the contents of the statement.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague's comment to reporters was another sign of growing international pressure. Hague said he will consult with his counterparts from the US, France and Germany on Sunday in Vienna. Their meeting will be held on the sidelines of ministerial talks on Iran's nuclear program.

Jul. 12, 2014 - Updated 23:08 UTC