Security Council calls on international community to help improve Gaza conditions

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Hardeep Singh Puri

The Security Council has called on all parties to the Middle East cease-fire to uphold the agreement and act seriously to implement its provisions in good faith.

In a statement on Wednesday evening, Council members also expressed their continued support for international efforts to consolidate peace.

The Security Council met just hours after the announcement of a cease-fire to end fighting between Hamas and Israel which has killed more than 140 people.

Indian ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri is Security Council President for November.

"The members of the Council affirmed the need for the people of Israel and the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip to live without fear.  They called on the international community to contribute to improving the living conditions of the people in the Gaza Strip, notably through providing additional emergency aid through appropriate established channels to the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip and to work in this regard with Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and Egypt for the expeditious and unimpeded delivery of such humanitarian assistance, including of food, fuel and medical treatment."

The Security Council also commended the efforts of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in achieving the truce.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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