Our goal is to work out a solution for Gaza Strip - Polish FM

"We are trying to work out a solution for the Gaza Strip thanks to which no more people will be killed. We encourage both sides in the conflict to further talks and we still hope for its peaceful resolution, Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said in New York.

On Tuesday the Polish diplomat chaired an open debate at the UN Security Council on the importance of humanitarian law and the protection of civilians in conflicts. The debate was organised by the Polish presidency of the Council.

Asked after the debate about the situation in the Gaza Strip, Minister Czaputowicz told reporters that "this is a very important issue as people were being killed there."

"We have organised a meeting on this subject - together with other UN Security Council members - and we encourage both sides in the conflict to further talks. We are trying to work out a solution for the Gaza Strip thanks to which no more people will be killed," the official stressed.

The Polish diplomat underlined that the situation in the Gaza Strip was "very difficult." He reminded that Poland had earlier issued a statement in which it suggested that Israel should refrain from the use of force if this was unnecessary.

"We hope that this situation will be resolved, and we are glad that now there are fewer reports about attacks and violence in the Gaza Strip. We still hope for a peaceful solution of the conflict," he said.

"As far as other initiatives within the UN Security Council are concerned, we are in permanent contact with other members and we will see what the final decision of the Council will look like," he explained.

Palestinians demonstrated along the border with Israel in Gaza from March 30. On May 14, they intensified their protests following the move of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. According to the Palestinian side, 62 Palestinians were killed on that day. Since the end of March, their number has reached at least 118.