"This senseless cycle of bloodshed, terror, and destruction must stop immediately," said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who called Israel's actions "a massacre".
This is the third time the UNSC has met this week (the two first were private) to issue a statement on the most urgent matter in the Middle East, where Israel's indiscriminate violence has taken the lives of 188 civilians, many of them women and children.
The U.S. Ambassador to the UN said that her country did not consider a UNSC statement to be appropriate as it could affect her government's alleged efforts to bring about a ceasefire.
They have Occupied #Palestine for 73 years & they are talking about Legitimate use for force against people who protest against occupier luring into annexation of new districts one by one. Any silence today would be CRIMINAL Shut down UN/ shut down security council of UN NOW pic.twitter.com/CMhcJgFa3Y
In an attempt to justify his country's slaughter, Erdan accused Hamas of planning this crisis, which is unfounded since it was Israel who started the bombings in retaliation to Palestinian protests against the frequent evictions they suffer.
UNSC members agree that Israel's actions violate International Law, especially International Humanitarian Law, and they hope the U.S. will amend its decision and depoliticize a humanitarian issue such as Palestine.
#Palestine | Israel carried out 50 bombing raids in less than 15 minutes and included the destruction of the residence of Hamas Islamist movement leader Yahya Sinwar. pic.twitter.com/UNLiM16StM