BAN URGES IMMEDIATE END TO ONGOING VIOLENCE IN GAZA AND ISRAEL

Categories: Israel, Gaza, United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday renewed his appeal for an end to the ongoing violence in Gaza and Israel, strongly urging the parties to achieve an immediate ceasefire. >
> “I am heading to the region to appeal personally for ending the violence and contribute to ongoing efforts to that end,” he said in a statement. >
> The new wave of violence in Gaza and Israel — which includes rocket attacks against Israel from Gaza, and Israeli airstrikes on Gaza — has resulted in several people being killed or wounded on both sides. >
> Mr. Ban said that he is “deeply saddened” by the reported deaths of more than 10 members of the Dalu family, including women and children, and additional Palestinian civilians killed as a result of the ongoing violence in Gaza. >
> He is also alarmed by the continuing firing of rockets against Israeli towns, which has killed several Israeli civilians. >
> “This must stop,
> ” he stated, strongly urging the parties to cooperate with all efforts led by Egypt to reach an immediate ceasefire. >
> “Any further escalation will inevitably increase the suffering of the affected civilian populations and must be avoided.”

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