U.S. Calls for Emergency UN Security Council Session Over Rockets Fired From Gaza at Israel

'Security Council should be outraged and respond to this latest bout of violence directed at innocent Israeli civilians,' U.S. mission to UN says

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks at a Security Council meeting at United Nations headquarters, Thursday, April 19, 2018
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The United States has called for an emergency session of the UN Security Council over the firing of rockets at Israel from the Gaza Strip. A statement released by the U.S. mission to the UN said it wishes to "discuss the latest attacks on Israel out of the Gaza Strip by Hamas and other militants."

"The Security Council should be outraged and respond to this latest bout of violence directed at innocent Israeli civilians, and the Palestinian leadership needs to be held accountable for what they're allowing to happen in Gaza," it said.

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The statement said the U.S. expects the session to take place on Wednesday afternoon. On Tuesday, Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon also called on the UN Security Council and the Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to condemn the attacks. 

The Israeli air force struck over targets in Gaza in response to rocket barrages fired toward southern Israeli communities Tuesday, also bombing a tunnel which led from Gaza into Egypt and then into Israeli territory.

The rocket attacks continued throughout the day triggering sirens in southern Israel and wounding five Israelis, one of them suffering moderate injuries. A mortar shell fell in the yard of an empty kindergarten in an Israeli community.

The international community issued condemnations of the attacks, including by the United Nations, the European Union, the U.K., France, Itay and Austria among many others.