The UN Security Council will meet this weekend to discuss the situation in Israel and the Gaza Strip, Report informs referring to Anadolu Agency.

In announcing the May 16 meeting, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the US’s UN envoy, said the Biden administration “will continue to actively engage in diplomacy at the highest levels to try to de-escalate tensions.”

Her Twitter post did not specify whether the meeting would be held in an open or closed format, nor did the US mission immediately have a statement with additional details.

Diplomats earlier told Anadolu Agency that the US blocked a public virtual meeting of the UN Security Council to address the escalating conflict. The nixed May 14 meeting was requested by China, Norway and Tunisia.