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Palestinians plead for UN action to stop Gaza violence

Riyad H. Mansour (L), Palestine's Ambassador to the United Nations, shakes hands with other delegates before a Security Council meeting about the situation in Gaza July 22, 2014 at UN headquarters in New YorkThe Palestinian envoy to the United Nations held up photographs of children slain in Gaza and read out names of the dead on Tuesday as he pleaded for action from the Security Council. “On behalf of the Palestinian people, we ask: What is the international community doing to stop this bloodletting, to stop Israel’s atrocities?” Riyad Mansour said during a debate on the Gaza crisis. During an emergency session on Sunday, the Security Council called for an immediate ceasefire and demanded protection for civilians, but it fell short of taking the stronger step of adopting a formal resolution.

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