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UN Security Council member states continue to press for cease-fire in Gaza

UN Security Council member states continued to call for a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip at a meeting Tuesday on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question.

The meeting, under UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, includes senior foreign ministers and ambassadors from the 15 Council members together with other nations that will have their say on the deepening crisis in Gaza, which is facing a humanitarian crisis from Israel’s unrelenting military operation and a mounting death toll amid escalating calls for an immediate cease-fire.

Jordan’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Ayman Safadi said "the clock is ticking," and the Council has yet to demand a cease-fire and enforce its own resolution on humanitarian assistance.

"Stop this massacre," Safadi said, adding: "Adopting a binding Security Council resolution forcing the end of this misery is the least that you can do now. Partial solutions will not achieve this peace.”

Stressing that Israel is undermining a two-state solution, he said "occupation, violence and war cannot continue to haunt our region."

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