Between the start of this Israeli operation (Friday) and Sunday evening, 44 Palestinians including 15 children died and 360 were injured, according to the Ministry of Health in Gaza.
The UN Security Council meets urgently on Monday afternoon to discuss the situation in Gaza, the day after a truce between Islamic Jihad and Israel after three days of deadly strikes.
China, which chairs the Security Council in August, announced the emergency meeting on Saturday, with Ambassador Zhang Jun saying he was very concerned about the situation in Gaza.
< p class="e-p">After the truce announced on Sunday, the consultations will take place on Monday afternoon in New York.
The truce entered into force at 11:30 p.m. local time on Sunday and negotiated by Egypt, a historic intermediary between Israel and the Palestinian armed groups, but the two belligerents have nevertheless indicated that they reserve the right to respond in the event of violation by the other side.
The Israeli army presented its operation launched on Friday as a preemptive attack against Islamic Jihad, in which its main leaders soldiers in Gaza, Tayssir Al-Jabari and Khaled Mansour, were killed along with several fighters from the group.
Between the start of this Israeli operation and Sunday evening, 44 Palestinians, including 15 children, died and 360 were injured, according to the Ministry of Health in Gaza. Israeli authorities have claimed that some of the Palestinians killed may have perished due to failed Islamic Jihad rocket fire at Israel that fell in the Palestinian enclave.
In a statement to the Monday morning at the United Nations, Israeli Ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan blamed Islamic Jihad, accusing it of using the people of Gaza as a human shield. /p>
If the Security Council really wants to improve the situation in Gaza, there must be a single outcome, condemning the double war crime of Islamic Jihad and placing full responsibility for the killings of innocent Palestinians on the shoulders of the terror group, he said.
According to several diplomatic sources, at this stage, no Security Council statement is expected at the end of the emergency meeting.