UN call for 'immediate and unconditional' Gaza truce

The UN Security Council has urged Israel and Hamas to agree an "immediate and unconditional ceasefire" in Gaza.

In a statement, agreed to by all 15 members, the council said a truce "into the Eid period and beyond" was necessary to allow the delivery of "urgently needed assistance" in Gaza.

Diplomatic efforts for an effective ceasefire have failed so far. Credit: Reuters

Some 1,030 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and 46 Israelis have been killed since the violence began nearly three weeks ago.

The council expressed "grave concern regarding the deterioration in the situation as a result of the crisis related to Gaza and the loss of civilian lives and casualties".

US President Barack Obama yesterday called for an "immediate and unconditional ceasefire" in a phone call with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.