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The UN Security Council discusses the crisis in the Middle East

The UN Security Council discusses the crisis in the Middle East

SAO PAULO – The United Nations Security Council will hold an emergency meeting this Sunday (14) at Israel's request. In addition to rotating members, the council includes, with veto power, Israel's allies the United States, the United Kingdom and France, and Russia and China, which are close to Iran.

On Saturday night (13), Iran attacked Israeli territory with missiles and drones, which were mostly intercepted by Israeli defenses.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the Iranian attack and called for “immediate countermeasures”.

Leaders of the G7, which brings together allies the United States, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Canada and Japan, will meet via video conference this afternoon. US President pledges “ironclad support for Israel's security”.

US-led NATO “condemns the escalation” of Iran's unprecedented attack against Israel on Saturday and said it “needs to contain” conflicts in the Middle East to prevent them from spiraling out of control,” a spokesman for the Atlantic alliance said today.

“We condemn Iran's overnight expansion, call for restraint and closely monitor developments. It is imperative that conflicts in the Middle East do not spiral out of control,” North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) spokeswoman Farah Taqlallah said in a statement.

Gesture

Celso Amorim, special adviser to the president on international affairs and former president, said this Sunday that Israel's possible response to an Iranian attack will determine whether or not the current crisis escalates. Amorim gave an interview to journalist Jamil Said from UOL.

“Iran wants to make a gesture,” he defined, as Tehran sought to respond to the April 1 attack on its embassy in Syria. “By luck or otherwise, the drones and missiles did not hit their targets, but the question is how the Israeli government will respond,” Amorim commented.

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UK

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak confirmed on Sunday (14) that British Air Force jets stationed in the Middle East had shot down Iranian drones during Saturday night's attack.

Speaking to the BBC, the Conservative leader said, “Thanks to the international joint effort in which the UK participated, almost all the missiles were intercepted, saving lives not only in Israel but also in neighboring countries such as Jordan”.

Hamas

The Islamist group Hamas on Saturday night called Iran's strikes with around 300 drones and missiles a “natural right” and called on Arab countries and the “free people of the world” to support the Palestinian cause.

“In the Islamic Resistance Movement, we consider the military action against the Zionist entity occupied by the Islamic Republic of Iran as a natural right and a worthy response to the crime of attacking the Iranian embassy in Damascus,” Hamas said in a statement. Report.

*with Brazil Agency and UOL