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UN Security Council to hold open session on Gaza fighting

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent based in New York

China, which currently holds the UN Security Council presidency, has agreed to a request from the Palestinian mission to open today’s emergency session on the recent Gaza escalation.

The Security Council meeting was originally scheduled to take place behind closed doors with no participation from the Israeli and Palestinian ambassadors. Both Israeli envoy Gilad Erdan and Palestinian envoy Riyad Mansour will now address the live-streamed session at 3 p.m. local time (10 p.m. IST).

The hearing was originally requested while the fighting was still taking place on Saturday by Security Council members China, France, Ireland, Norway, and the UAE.

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