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UN Security Council calls for ceasefire in Gaza after emergency meeting
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An emergency, closed-door meeting of the UN Security Council was called Sunday night at the request of Jordan, and during the session, the Council called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.

The BBC's Nick Bryant reports that Jordan proposed crafting a strongly worded draft resolution for consideration, but members could just agree on "elements to the press," which is the weakest action the Security Council can take.

Rwanda's ambassador to the UN, Eugene Gasana, said that the session was "sobering," and members shared their worries about the increasing violence. Sunday was the deadliest day of fighting, the BBC reports, with more than 100 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers killed. Gasana said that the rising casualty numbers gave the members "serious concern," and they are calling for "the respect of international humanitarian law, including protection of civilians."

- - Catherine Garcia
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