Arab League calls for a stop to Israel-Palestine escalation
Palestinians run after an Israeli air strike on a house in Gaza - REUTERS/Majdi Fathi

CAIRO: Arab League council members called Monday for moving at a faster pace to put an end to the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict and for providing Palestinians with the necessary support to make both sides abide by the terms of the 2012 ceasefire, MENA reported.

Arab League Foreign Ministers warned in a report on the Israeli escalation offensive against Gaza that the negligence of the international community towards such a conflict could negatively affect the whole region.

The League’s report urged the United States to pressure Israel into respecting conventions and treaties and allowing space for conducting negotiations to put an end to the Israeli occupation.

Arab Ministers held Monday an urgent meeting to discuss the situation in Palestine and seek ways to end the bloodshed of Palestinian civilians according to a statement issued by Egypt’s Foreign Ministry. The meeting was coordinated by Kuwaiti minister Sabah Khaled al-Hamad.

More than 170 Palestinians have been killed and 1,260 injured since the beginning of Israel’s offensive on the Gaza strip, health officials from Gaza told the BBC Sunday.

The latest Israeli raids on Gaza began July 1, a day after Israeli authorities found the bodies of three kidnapped settlers in the West Bank. The body of Palestinian Mohammed Abu Khdeir, 16, was later found mutilated and burned, in what was widely interpreted as an act of revenge for the death of the Israelis. However, the Israeli military said it attacked 34 targets in Gaza, mostly belonging to Hamas, claiming that it did not link the strikes to the abductions, Reuters reported. Hamas started launching rockets into Israel in its latest campaign on July 4, the Jerusalem Post reported.

On July 11, Kuwait sent an official invitation to the secretariat of the League to convene the meeting, Kuwaiti representative at the League Aziz Rahim al-Dihany told KUNA Friday.

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