Palestinians threaten legal action against Israel

UNITED NATIONS (AP) – The Palestinian U.N. ambassador is threatening to go to U.N. and international courts which would likely include the International Criminal Court if the Security Council doesn’t act to protect Palestinian civilians from Israeli attack and end the conflict in Gaza.

Riyad Mansour told an emergency meeting of the council Friday that Israel’s “savage” aggression into Gaza “cannot be justified by any means.”

“It is not self-defense,” he said. “It is a vengeful military aggression intentionally planned and perpetrated by the occupying power on the civilian population under its occupation.”

Mansour said the Israeli campaign is designed to destroy “Palestinian unity and collapse of the national consensus government.”

A U.N. official said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will leave Saturday for the Middle East to help mediate the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

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