Sun 14 Apr 2024 9:28 am - Jerusalem Time

At the request of "Israel"... the Security Council holds an emergency session today

The UN Security Council will hold an emergency session today, Sunday, at the request of Israel, according to the Maltese presidency of the Council, the day after Iran launched more than 300 drones and missiles against Israel in response to the targeting of Tehran’s consulate in Damascus.

Western powers condemned the Iranian strikes on Israel, warning that the attack threatened to further destabilize the Middle East.

US President Joe Biden, in a call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, affirmed “the United States’ firm commitment to Israel’s security.”

US National Security Council spokeswoman Adrienne Watson reiterated Biden's "firm" support for Israel's security.

For his part, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump confirmed that the attack shows the “great weakness” of the United States during the era of Democratic President Biden, with whom he will compete in the election.

In turn, European Union foreign policy official Josep Borrell confirmed on the X platform that the Union “strongly condemns” Iran’s attack on Israel, denouncing an “unprecedented escalation” and “a dangerous threat to regional security.”

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak condemned the "reckless" Iranian attack, stressing that Britain "will continue to defend Israel's security."

“Alongside our allies, we are working diligently to ensure the situation is stabilized and to prevent further escalation,” Sunak said. “No one wants to see more bloodshed.”

China expressed "deep concern" about the attack. A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, whose name was not revealed, said that Beijing "expresses its deep concern about the current escalation, and calls on all parties concerned to exercise calm and restraint to avoid additional escalation."

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres "strongly condemned the dangerous escalation" represented by the Iranian attack on Israel, calling for "an immediate cessation of these hostilities."

He said, "I urge all parties to exercise the utmost restraint, to prevent any action that might lead to major military confrontations on multiple fronts in the Middle East."

French Foreign Minister Stephane Ségornet confirmed, via the "X" platform, that his country condemns the attack launched by Iran on Israel.

The minister wrote, “By its decision to carry out this unprecedented act, Iran is crossing a new threshold in its actions aimed at destabilizing and risking a military escalation,” adding that “France reiterates its commitment to the security of Israel and affirms its solidarity” with the Hebrew state.

For its part, Germany warned that the Iranian attack could "plunge an entire region into chaos."

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock wrote on the “X” platform, “We condemn in the strongest terms the ongoing attack that may plunge an entire region into chaos,” adding, “Iran and its agents must stop this matter immediately.”

She reiterated that Berlin stands “firmly with Israel.”

Italian Foreign Minister Antonio Taiani announced that his country is following the situation with "interest and concern" after the Iranian attack on Israel.

He wrote on the “X” platform, “We are following with interest and concern what is happening in the Middle East,” adding, “I spoke with Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni and Defense Minister Guido Crosetto. The government is ready to deal with any type of scenario.”


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At the request of "Israel"... the Security Council holds an emergency session today