Israel and the Palestinians urged to negotiate lasting truce in Gaza

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Mark Lyall Grant. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Israel and the Palestinians should return to the negotiating table in Cairo to quickly agree on a lasting truce.

The United Kingdom's Ambassador to the UN and President of the Security Council, Mark Lyall Grant, made the appeal late on Wednesday.

An Egyptian-brokered humanitarian ceasefire was breached before its expiration after rockets were fired from Gaza.

Ambassador Grant said the members expressed "grave concern" at the return to hostilities and the loss of civilian lives and casualties.

"The talks appear to be breaking down and there has been a resumption of hostilities and it was important for the Security Council to respond quickly to that, hence the agreed press elements. There was a second element, of course that we have been discussing with a number of different Member States of the Security Council which is around a Security Council on a more sustainable ceasefire."

Ambassador Grant confirmed the Council had received a draft resolution introduced by Jordan on the Gaza crisis.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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