The Palestinian Authority has urged the UN Security Council to take a stand on Israel's latest offensive in the Gaza Strip, which it said amounted to "illegal criminal actions."
Israel's U.N. Ambassador Ron Prosor responded by calling on the international community to condemn "indiscriminate rocket fire against Israeli citizens - children, women." He was referring to five days of escalating Palestinian rocket attacks from Gaza.
The UN press office has confirmed that the Security Council planned to hold closed-door consultations on an Egyptian request for an emergency meeting in New York at 6.30 p.m. EST (23.30 GMT).