UNITED NATIONS (AP) – The U.N. Security Council approved a statement Sunday expressing “extreme shock and distress” over Israel’s bombing of civilians in Qana, Lebanon but stopped short of condemning the attack.

An Israeli airstrike early Sunday on a three-story building in the south Lebanese village of Qana killed 56 people, almost all of them women and children, according to Red Cross officials and Lebanese police.

The presidential statement, adopted unanimously by the 15-member council in an emergency session, softened language in an earlier draft which said the council “strongly deplores this loss of innocent life and the killing of civilians in the present conflict.”

The final statement called for the council to work without delay to adopt a resolution for a lasting settlement.

“The Security Council expresses its extreme shock and distress at the shelling by the Israeli Defense Forces of a residential building in Qana, in southern Lebanon, which has caused the killing of dozens of civilians, mostly children, and injured many others,” it said.

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