As Israeli airstrikes on southern and central Gaza continue Thursday for the third straight day, killing 79 people so far, the UN Security Council is to hold an emergency meeting on the escalating violence.Today is the third day of Israel’s largest military campaign against Gaza since 2012.

The total number of dead is now at least 64, including 10 women and 18 children, according to medical reports.

The United Nations Security Council is scheduled to hold an emergency meeting, Thursday, in regard to the escalating violence in the region, following requests by Arab envoys and UN chief Ban Ki-moon.

According to Ma’an’s report, the council meeting could aim to adopt a declaration condemning the Palestinian resistance shells aimed at Israel which began after the Israeli attack started on Tuesday, which have caused no deaths or injuries.

The declaration will also ‘asking restraint on both sides’, without singling out Israeli forces, which have killed 79 Palestinians, including entire families and infants, since Tuesday, a Western diplomat said. The diplomat added that it was ‘difficult, but not impossible,’ to get an agreement on such a proposal among the body’s members.