UN chief urges immediate Israel-Hamas truce

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 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. “Any further escalation will inevitably increase the suffering of the affected civilian populations and must be avoided.” (Yitzhak Benhorin, Washington)