RAMALLAH, July 13 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday asked the United Nations for an international protection to the Palestinian people amid a growing Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip.
At the end of a meeting between Abbas and Robert Serry, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's envoy to the Middle East, held in Ramallah, Abbas handed Serry an official letter asking for the UN protection of the Palestinians.
After the meeting, Abbas told reporters "the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip is still going on and there are more victims of martyrs and wounded people as well as large destruction."
He said "the situation is unbearable and patience run out for what Israel is doing against our people, therefore, this aggression should immediately stop," adding that "there are many decisions of the Palestinian leadership to stop the aggression that will be declared very soon."
Abbas' request from the UN to protect the Palestinian people was made as the large-scale Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip has continued for the seventh day in a raw, where 165 were killed and more than 1,000 injured.
Hanan Ashrawi, a member in Palestine Liberation Organization, told Xinhua that the Palestinian plans to join 20 internationals treaties which will occur within the coming days.
"The Palestinian leadership will expand its diplomatic activities, by joining the international agencies and treaties that enable the Palestinians to face the aggressive Israeli actions," said Ashrawi.