Tue. Jun 15th, 2021

The United Nations Security Council will convene on Wednesday to discuss the fighting between Israel and Palestinian militant group Hamas that continued overnight and appears to have no end in sight.

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Norway said it would raise the issue of the ongoing conflict, which has entered its second week, alongside Tunisia and China at the U.N. Security Council meeting, stating that the situation on the ground “continues to deteriorate.”

“Innocent civilians continue being killed and injured,” Norway’s mission to the United Nations said in a statement. “We repeat: Stop the fire. End hostilities now.”

The United Nations most recently convened over the weekend to discuss the fighting that erupted on May 10 but failed to produce a resolution for a third time, with China holding the United States responsible for the foreign ministers being unable “to speak with one voice.”

The European Union is also to convene an emergency meeting on the conflict Tuesday to “coordinate and discuss how the EU can best contribute to the end of the current violence,” Josep Borrell, the high representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy at the EU, said.

The Biden administration is coming under increasing pressure at home and from abroad to condemn its ally Israel’s nightly airstrikes into the Gaza Strip, a self-governing Palestinian territory along the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea.

Overnight, 62 Israeli fighter jets continued to bombard Hamas’ tunnel system, hitting 65 targets with 110 guided munitions, the Israeli Air Force said. Israel’s military has been targeting the so-called Hamas Metro for days, announcing Monday that it had “neutralized” 9.3 miles of it.

A Hamas anti-tank squad in Gaza City and the residences of five Hamas commanders in the strip were also hit, the air force said.

The military also struck launch sites in Lebanon that were behind six rockets fired toward northern Israel overnight, none of which made it over the border. Tuesday morning, the military also downed a drone that approached the Israeli border near the Jordan Valley.

“The UAV fragments were collected by security forces,” the IAF said.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health reported that Israeli’s airstrikes have killed 212 Palestinians, including 61 children, while wounding 1,400 others as of Monday night.

Some 40,000 families have also been displaced to shelters, it said.

The United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs for Occupied Palestinian Territory said more than 38,000 Palestinians have sought protection in its 48 U.N. schools and more than 2,500 people have been made homeless by the destruction of their homes.

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