Egypt’s representative to the United Nations called for the meeting in formal letters to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the current head of the council, India’s representative, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The Egyptian ambassador expressed Egypt’s “serious alarm at the Israeli aggression on Gaza” and described the attack as a violation of international law.

He called for urgent international action, particularly from the council, “to confront this serious situation which threatens international peace and security.”