MOSCOW, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) -- Russian Foreign Ministry on Sunday called for an immediate end to the armed conflicts in the Gaza Strip.
"A new dangerous stage of the armed confrontation after Israel started the ground operation in the Gaza Strip has aroused particular concerns," the Interfax news agency quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko as saying.
The sufferings of civilians from both sides must be put to an end and a ceasefire should be secured to stop the bloodshed, said Nesterenko.
He called for measures to prevent humanitarian catastrophe in the Gaza Strip.
Israeli troops, backed by air forces, fanned out across the Gaza Strip Saturday night following a week-long air campaign that has killed at least 450 Palestinians and wounded more than 2,400 others.