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UN emergency session on Gaza

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The UN Security Council will hold an emergency session shortly on the situation in Gaza, diplomats say.

The session will take place at midnight Sunday local time (1400 AEST).

The 15 members of the panel are expected to adopt a declaration calling for a ceasefire in the war-torn enclave, the diplomats say.

A draft of the declaration obtained by AFP shows the Council is poised to express “strong support” for “an immediate and unconditional humanitarian ceasefire, allowing for the delivery of urgently needed assistance”.

The document also urges “all parties to accept and fully implement the humanitarian ceasefire into the Eid period and beyond”.

It also “emphasises that civilian and humanitarian facilities, including those of the UN, must be respected and protected” and “urges the parties and the international community to achieve a comprehensive peace based on the vision of a region where two democratic states, Israel and Palestine, live side by side in peace”.

The emergency session comes after Israel and Hamas ignored calls for a truce and the raging conflict enters its third week Monday.