RAMALLAH, July 20 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday called on the UN Security Council to hold an emergency session to discuss Israel's ongoing large-scale military operation in the Gaza Strip.
"The failure of the Security Council to make a decision on ending the Israeli aggression and the massacres against our people doesn't relieve it from its responsibility in accordance to the international law," Abbas said in a televised speech. "Therefore, I'm calling on the Security Council to hold another emergency session tonight."
Abbas also said that the situation in Gaza is "unbearable," calling on the international Quartet to carry its responsibility at this very critical moment "for an immediate protection of our people."
The Palestinian President also called on all parties "to be more responsible and keep the Palestinian people and their cause away from all the regional and international political conflicts."
Abbas has been in meetings and contact with Arab and other world leaders "to put an end to the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip." For the past few days he has been visiting several Middle Eastern spots including Cairo, Ankara and Doha trying to negotiate a ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas.
Since Israel launched the large-scale Operation Protective Edge in the Gaza Strip on July 8, some 436 Palestinians have been killed and more than 3,000 injured.