(NBC News) Today begins a holy day in the Middle East, marking the end of Ramadan, and a meeting early this morning.
The United Nations urged Israel and the Palestinians would use that opportunity to stop the violence, but neither side shows any signs of backing off.
Overnight, the United Nations urged both sides to respect the religious period, and stop the violence.
A newborn is fighting for her life in Gaza – her mother killed in a war that the United Nations says must stop.
At a midnight meeting, the U.N. Security Council called for an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire. “Civilian and humanitarian facilities, including those of the UN, must be respected and protected,” said President of the UN Security Council, Eugene-Richard Gasana.
Israel – accused of firing on a un shelter – says, this is evidence of Hamas using schools as human shields. “We’ve accepted five ceasefires, acted upon them. Hamas has rejected every single one of them,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “We’ll do whatever’s necessary to defend ourselves.”
Palestinians leaders insist israel is the aggressor. “Palestinians have the right to self-defense. You cannot place them under occupation, shell them and bomb them, and destroy them and then tell them, if they act that they are terrorists,” said PLO Executive Committee Member, Hanan Ashrawi.
Washington is siding with its ally israel: “If there are rockets being fired indiscriminately in Israel, they have a right to defend themselves,” said Ben Rhodes, Assistant to the President.
“We can’t use these ceasefires as simply ways for Hamas to reload,” said Senator Chuck Schumer, (D) New York.
And there’s concern Iran is funneling money to Hamas. “That is very, very dangerous,” said Rep. Mike Rogers, (R) Michigan.
After a short break, both sides launched new attacks Sunday.