LIVE UPDATES: UN Security Council urges resumption of Gaza talks

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Security Council mulling resolution that would call for sustainable truce; two rockets intercepted over Israel’s south.

The UN Security Council on Wednesday deplored the resumption of fighting in the Gaza Strip and called on Israel and the Palestinians to resume negotiations. 

Hamas warned that rocket attacks will target Israel’s strategic interests, including Ben-Gurion Airport, early on Thursday morning. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in turn, vowed that Hamas would be “hit back seven-fold.” 

More than 175 rockets and mortar shells were fired toward Israel on Tuesday and Wednesday. In response, Israel struck some 110 targets in Gaza. Palestinian officials reported that 22 people were killed and more than 100 were wounded. One of the strikes on Tuesday targeted Hamas’ military chief, Mohammed Deif, killing his wife and son.

6:27 A.M. Rocket alerts sound in Eshkol Regional Council, near the Gaza border.

3:00 A.M. Two rockets are intercepted over Ofakim. (Shirley Seidler)

2:50 A.M. Rocket alerts sound in the Be’er Sheva region.

2:20 A.M. The UN Security Council deplored the resumption of fighting in the Gaza Strip and called on Israel and the Palestinians to resume negotiations.

British Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant read a council statement Wednesday expressing “grave concern at the return to hostilities following the breach of the Egyptian-brokered humanitarian cease-fire.” He said the council calls upon the parties “to reach an immediate humanitarian cease-fire” and resume talks in Cairo.

Lyall Grant said Security Council members are discussing a possible resolution that would call for a sustainable cease-fire.

Jordan has circulated such a resolution, but Jordanian Ambassador Dina Kawar told reporters Wednesday that “we’re taking our time to talk to the Americans, to the Europeans” because “the whole idea is to have a Security Council that’s effective.” (AP)

2:00 A.M. A senior Hamas official boasted during a conference in Istanbul on Wednesday that the group’s military wing was behind the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank in June.

11:52 P.M. A rocket explodes in an open area in Sderot. Another hits an open area in Ashdod. (Shirley Seidler)

11:10 P.M. The Iron Dome intercepts a rocket over Ashdod. (Shirley Seidler) 

 

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