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UN Security Council to hold emergency meeting on Gaza

Smoke billows from buildings following an Israeli air strike on Gaza City, July 20, 2014The United Nations Security Council will hold an emergency meeting late Sunday on the situation in Gaza, where the Palestinian death toll passed 100 in a single day. Diplomats said the meeting, open to the public and set for 9:30 pm (0130 GMT Monday), was requested by council member Jordan, following a call by Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas. As regional leaders met in Doha for urgent talks on a ceasefire, Abbas said that “what the occupation forces did today in Shejaiya is a crime against humanity,” referring to a blistering hours-long Israeli assault near Gaza City that has claimed 62 Palestinian lives and wounded another 250. As the Palestinian death toll soared to 438 in the bloodiest single day in Gaza in five years, a spokesman for the enclave’s emergency services said more than a third of the victims were women and children.

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