Last updated: 14 July, 2014

Arab League to meet on Israel’s Gaza offensive

The Arab League has called on the “international community” to end Israeli air strikes on Gaza and to protect Palestinians, ahead of a foreign ministers’ meeting later Monday.

Israel pressed its campaign of punishing raids on Gaza for a seventh day on Monday, but held off from launching a threatened ground incursion as the world intensified efforts to broker a truce.

The Arab League “affirmed the necessity of urgent steps for an immediate end to the Israeli aggression on Gaza and providing protection for the Palestinians”, it said in a report to be submitted to the ministerial meeting.

Israeli “air strikes on Gaza have become a matter that cannot be met with silence any more”, it said.

The pan-Arab organisation “demands that the international community intervene through its legal and humanitarian institutions to protect the Palestinian people”.