China has accused the United States of blocking UN Security Council calls to ease tensions in Gaza, raising fears that the violence between Israelis and Palestinians could descend into all-out war. In a phone call with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Saturday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the US had blocked a Security Council call for an immediate cessation of hostilities. “Regrettably, the UN Security Council has not been able to reach a consensus , as the US has taken a position that stands on the opposite side of international justice,” Wang said. “We urge all UN Security Council members to shoulder the responsibility to make the necessary efforts to effectively safeguard regional peace and security.” Wang is set to preside over an emergency virtual meeting of the 15-member council on Sunday to discuss the issue. The meeting follows two others last week, and was delayed from Friday after objections from the US. Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said China hoped the meeting would make progress towards having “all parties immediately stop hostilities and resume political dialogue as soon as possible”. At least 180 Palestinians, including more than 50 children, have been killed in Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip. The strikes came after Hamas fired rockets towards Israel that killed at least 12 Israelis. The week of violence is the worst between the two sides in decades and is the culmination of tensions over a court case to remove Palestinian families living in contested East Jerusalem. Israeli police also stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque during the holy month of Ramadan. There have been widespread Palestinian protests in the occupied West Bank, with more expected on Sunday during the UN Security Council meeting. Wang said on Saturday that the root of the “heartbreaking” conflict was that the Palestinian issue had “long not been able to receive just settlement”. He said peace talks should resume between two sides for a two-state solution in which Israel would coexist with a Palestinian state. “In recent years especially, the peace process in the Middle East has deviated from its original path, and the UN Security Council resolutions have not been effectively implemented. There has also been continued infringement of the rights of Palestine’s independent statehood,” Wang said. “The Palestinian people’s plight has further deepened, leading to intensified conflict between Palestine and Israel. The facts have proven that until the day that the Palestinian issue is fairly settled, there will be no real peace between Israel and Palestine in the Middle East.” Israel bombs Hamas Gaza chief’s home, building housing media outlets as fighting enters seventh day The 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation also held an emergency meeting on Sunday to call for an end to Israel’s military operations on Gaza. US President Joe Biden called both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday about the conflict. Biden underlined US support for Israel’s right to defend itself against rocket attacks from Hamas but also expressed support for the Palestinian people to be able to “enjoy the dignity, security, freedom and economic opportunity that they deserve”. He reaffirmed the US’ commitment to negotiating a two-state solution as the “best path to reach a just and lasting resolution” to the conflict. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said he was “dismayed” about the growing number of civilian casualties in Gaza, and that “any indiscriminate targeting of civilian and media structures violates international law and must be avoided at all costs”.