Human Rights Council to discuss conflict in GazaListen /
The Geneva based UN Human Rights Council is to convene a special session on Wednesday 23 July to discuss the situation in Gaza.
The session has been requested by Egypt and Pakistan with the support of 15 members of the council among them China, Cuba, The Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia and South Africa.
On Sunday, the The UN Security Council called for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza.
The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is in the region as part of a visit which aims to express solidarity with Israelis and Palestinians and help bring about a ceasefire.
The United Nations agency providing assistance to Palestinians UNRWA says over 81,000 Palestinians have now sought refuge in 61 shelters.
UNRWA says the shelters have a peak capacity of 50,000 people.
Media report indicate that over 500 Palestinians have been killed since the start of the latest Israeli military offensive in Gaza.
Patrick Maigua, United Nations, Geneva