Opening the first public meeting of the Security Council since the conflict began, Guterres said the UN was “actively working with all parties for an immediate ceasefire” and urged them to “allow mediation efforts to intensify and succeed.”
The death toll in Gaza since the clashes began on Monday has reached 181, including 47 children, amid intense Israeli air and artillery strikes. Because of rocket attacks by Hamas and other militant groups in Israel, ten people were killed, including two children.
The UN Security Council has met twice in closed meetings over the past week in response to the escalating situation, but has to agree on a public statement because the United States, a staunch ally of Israel, does not believe it will benefit, diplomats said.
“The UN is working tirelessly with all parties to restore calm,” the UN Special Envoy for the Middle East, Tor Wennesland, told the Security Council. – The international community has a crucial role to play. It must take action now so that the parties can move away from the edge of the abyss.” Efforts by Egypt, Qatar, and the UN to establish a truce have so far shown no signs of progress. The United States sent an envoy to the region, and President Joe Biden on Saturday held telephone conversations with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.