PA calls on UN Security Council to convene over Gaza tension

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RAMALLAH, May 4 (Xinhua) -- The Palestinian Authority (PA) Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Saturday called on the United Nations Security Council to immediately convene to stop the Israeli aerial strikes on the Gaza Strip.

The PA ministry condemned in an official emailed press statement "the Israeli military aggression on the Gaza Strip's populations as well as targeting defenseless civilians and leaving large destruction."

"The awful aggression unveils the reality of the racist American and Israeli attitudes against the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territories," said the statement.

Tension between Israel and the Palestinian factions' militant groups has been flaring since Friday, leaving six Palestinians killed, including two militants and four civilians with one of them a 14-month-old baby girl, and wounding 60 others.

More rockets had been fired from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel, while Israeli warplanes and Israeli army artillery continued launching strikes on militants' facilities and posts all over the coastal enclave.

Earlier on Saturday, an Israeli army spokesman announced that its warplanes destroyed an underground tunnel that belongs to the Islamic Jihad and goes from the town of Rafah in southern Gaza Strip into Israel.

More than 30 military posts and training facilities that belong to various factions' armed wing were hit by Israeli warplanes missiles all over the Gaza Strip, while militants fired more than 200 projectiles into Israel. Enditem

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