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UN Security Council to meet again on Israel-Palestinian violence

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

For the second time in three days, the UN Security Council will hold an emergency closed consultation on Wednesday to discuss the ongoing escalation in Israel and Gaza, diplomats involved tell The Times of Israel.

Such sessions are not uncommon to discuss regional conflicts, but holding two in three days is rare. Closed consultations require the agreement of all 15 member states in order to convene.

Wednesday’s session was requested by the Chinese, Norwegian and Tunisian missions, a Security Council diplomat says.

The diplomat says that Norway will once again be seeking to gain the approval of all members in order to issue a joint statement regarding the ongoing violence.

The US mission was the only one that did not support the statement introduced by Norway on Monday, preventing its publication. The US representative said then that the mission needed more time to mull the statement, adding that now might not be the right time for such a measure, according to diplomats involved, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

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