Ground operation into Gaza dangerous escalation: UN chief


UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says an Israeli ground invasion into the Gaza Strip will be a “dangerous escalation,” calling for an immediate ceasefire between Hamas

“Further escalation would be dangerous and tragic for the entire region,” said Ban in a brief press conference with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held in al-Quds (Jerusalem) on Tuesday.

He further blamed the Israeli regime for the killing of civilians in the blockaded sliver, saying that, “Civilian casualties are unacceptable under any circumstances.”
Over 130 Palestinians have so far been killed and some 1,000 injured since the Tel Aviv regime’s deadly aerial assaults on the besieged Gaza Strip kicked off on November 14.

Ban also added that, “The world is watching and waiting” for peace in the beleaguered strip.

Ban is scheduled to later hold a meeting with the acting Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas in al-Quds (Jerusalem).

On Monday, UN chief arrived in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, to throw his weight behind Egyptian-mediated efforts aimed at bringing about a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.

The UN chief held meetings with Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr late Monday to help secure the proposed ceasefire between Palestinian resistance movement Hamas and Israel.



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